Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 205

Today's featured new acquisition is one that brought back happy memories of a fountain pen Christopher used when he was a schoolboy. I'll let him tell the story now...

Christopher:"I picked up quite a nice Sheaffer and thought I would give you a heads up. Actually, I had this same pen back in 1957 when I was attending private school in Grade 5. Loved the colour and the filler was just such a change from prior school pens that were a familiar item in my blazer pocket. It was also the year that I first started using Sheaffer’s Skrip Peacock Blue ink, which quickly became my favourite colour. I really don’t think that the fact that my Sheaffer Cadet Tip-dip had a medium steel nib really made much difference because it would definitely be a while before I had the option of a gold point."

 (photo courtesy of Christopher ~ please click on image to enlarge)

 "Regardless, I truly loved this pen and you know I even remember where it was bought for me by my Mum. We had a local drugstore down the street from us at 57th and the Blvd and they, amongst other pens, carried Sheaffer. There was a revolving countertop rack at the front of the store at the checkout, that held a variety of these Sheaffers in different colours in blister packs on Sheaffer backing cards. I had a very bad habit of losing pens - some left on the bus home, some left in our prep room study hall and at least a few which I lent to classmates and just forgot about. Still, I remember having this particular Sheaffer for quite some time. Strangely enough, my teacher in Grade 5 that year at Athlone Private School in Kerridale was Mrs. Pugh and she was always on to us about our writing. But just applying this wonderful burgundy Sheaffer to paper again, definitely puts a smile on my face."

Christopher---thank you, as always, for sharing your reminiscences with us; I love hearing the stories behind the writing instruments that mean so much to the folks in our hobby :)

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