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Old 08-01-2019, 11:47 PM   #1
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August 2nd, 2019: Common Manís Souvenir

If you go through your junk drawer(yes you do, everyone does) or your desk, you’ll probably find a lot of pens, and it’s a good bet
many will have writing on them. Be it advertising for the pen maker, or some business to hand out, or a souvenir.
Went to Vegas and came home with nothing but a free pen.
This 132mm(5.2in) iron stylus has writing and like a pen was used for writing ... in clay or wax... 2000 years ago.




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“I have come from the city. I bring you a welcome gift with a sharp point that you may remember me. I ask, if fortune allowed, that I might be able [to give] as generously as the way is long [and] as my purse is empty,” it reads.

The message was inscribed on an iron stylus dating from around AD70, a few decades after Roman London was founded. The implement was discovered by Museum of London Archaeology during excavations for Bloomberg’s European headquarters next to Cannon Street station, on the bank of the river Walbrook, a now-lost tributary of the Thames.
“I’ve never seen anything quite like it,” said Paul Roberts, curator of an exhibition titled Last Supper in Pompeii at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, where the stylus is now on display until January 2020.
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Speaking of writing implements, this Parker Fountain Pen, (Pat 6-30-91 & 1-3-05) was given to my Grandmother by my Grandfather
on their wedding day in 1907. Black bakelite, with gold trim and eight Mother-of-Pearl facets. This puppy has a lot of miles on her,
as Gram had beautiful handwriting she was often solicited to write letters for others as well as her own correspondence.
She kept the records for the Ladies Aid Society at the church, and kept a daily diary/journal. As near as I can tell from the journals
she changed pens just after WW II. Even up into the 1970's she never liked ball point pens.

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Old 08-03-2019, 06:16 AM   #2
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Because ballpoint pens were still lousy in the 70's. I remember when they first came out. Our school desks still had a place for ink wells. Ballpoint pens exuded purplish blobs and skipped when you tried to write with them. It took years to get them right. Most of them are not too bad today. When fountain pens began to use cartridges, it was an improvement over the mess filling a fountain pen made, which probably prolonged their use.
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Old 08-03-2019, 09:32 AM   #3
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I had a Parker T-Ball Jotter in the late 50's early 60's that worked fine. I had stretched the pocket clip during some youthful indiscretion and it would frequently fall out on my shirt pocket. The only reason I didn't lose it was because it made so much noise when it hit the ground because of all the pieces inside banging around.
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Old 08-03-2019, 09:57 AM   #4
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I started my work as a contrarian at age 12, so I spent my adolescence in the 70s using the Sheaffer fountain pen and ink cartridges. Screw you people and your 89-cent Bics. I need blue ink stains on my hands all the time.
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Old 08-03-2019, 10:40 PM   #5
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And I'm sure that pen delivered.
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Old 08-03-2019, 11:53 PM   #6
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Pen-cil.

The tool of choice for open minds.
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Old 08-04-2019, 11:08 AM   #7
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If you truly believe it, record that belief in ink, not some tentative pencil scratchings which can be erased.
Man up, indelible ink is indelible.
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Old 08-04-2019, 11:29 AM   #8
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I need blue ink stains on my hands all the time.
Then just be left handed.
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Old 08-04-2019, 11:42 AM   #9
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15 Pairs of Words That Seem Etymologically Related, But Arenít

1. PEN AND PENCIL

Pencil originally referred to a paintbrush with a fine, tapered end, and can be traced back to the Latin penicillus, for paintbrush. Pen, on the other hand, goes back to Latin penna, for feather, which is what the original pens were.
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