Sunday, June 6, 2021

Vintage Sheaffer military-clip fountain pen

It's not a new acquisition, but I thought Stuart's WWII-era Sheaffer fountain pen would be the perfect pen for today's blog post, today being the 77th anniversary of D-Day. D-Day was, of course, the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy, and what many consider the beginning of the end of World War II. 

Forgive me for drawing a parallel to a very different kind of war...but, to me, this month finally feels like it just might be the beginning of the end of this global least for those of us who are fortunate enough to have access to the vaccines against COVID-19. I hope it is, so please continue to stay safe, everyone, and enjoy Stuart's photos along with a bit of history relating to the special playing cards shown in them.
Take care,

(all photos courtesy of Stuart ~ please click on images to enlarge)

Stuart: "My military-clip Sheaffer vac-filler with original WWII aircraft spotter cards and their box. As you can see the cards are a well-played deck and authentically old!"

From The Georgia Historical Society's website:

During World War II, Spotter Playing Cards were created for the enjoyment and training of the enlisted men and the civil defense. These playing cards look like the standard 52-card deck, but the difference is the faces are the silhouettes of an Allied or enemy aircraft instead of the Ace, Jack, King, or Queen. Each card contains a silhouette of the front, side, and bottom of an aircraft along with its name so that one could identify whether an aircraft in the sky was friendly or not.

Many thanks to Stuart for the photos!

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