Vintage 1947 ad for the Parker "51"

Discussion in 'The Nib' started by IronHammer, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. I found this recently in a local antique shop for a couple of dollars. It's from Life magazine 1947 (March, I think). Pretty cool stuff. I thought you all would like to see it.

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  2. brianw

    brianw Moderator Emeritus

    "51" the world most wanted pen....

    Yup that say's it all
  3. Doc4

    Doc4 Moderator Emeritus Contributor

    I have two 51's. If I tape them together I guess I have a 102.

    I keep going back and forth on which one is my favourite. The "better" pen is one of those ... oh dang, I forget which is called aerometric and which is called vacumatic ... I'm gonna say vacumatc has the push-button at the back end and the aerometric has the squeeze-on-the-side filler ...

    ... well, the aerometric is the "better" pen. Better ink flow right from the start overnight, and generally, and a nice gold cap, yada yada. The vacumatic takes a little while to get going, and is more likely to have a few moments of dry-nib whenever I pick it up again after a while. Both nibs are "american Fine" in size, I guess.

    But dang, that vacumatic has a nib with so much character. It's almost like a tiny little naginata nib. Dang, it's fun to write with.
  4. brianw

    brianw Moderator Emeritus

    IIRC didn't you ask a long time ago why you needed a "51", as a "21" was great. I guess you answered that question !!!
  5. Doc4

    Doc4 Moderator Emeritus Contributor

    ... oh no, the 21 is much better. :001_tt2:
  6. I have both a 21 and a 51. I haven't decided which I like better. One thing I can say is they are my favorite pens!
  7. don't poke the beast :biggrin:
  8. mark the shoeshine boy

    mark the shoeshine boy Moderator Emeritus

    the two headed beast....
  9. My 21 is a more consistent writer. But I love my 51s. They are gorgeous.
  10. Wow! That ad is as old as I am. And I remember when 51's were still a new pen. A great product from a great State and town. (Janesville, WI.) Too bad there is nothing left of the old company.
  11. mark the shoeshine boy

    mark the shoeshine boy Moderator Emeritus

    brianw remembers when parker use to make a real good hammer chisel for stone tablet writing.....
  12. nemo

    nemo Moderator Emeritus

    Here's another, they seem kind of expensive for 1947.


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