Esterbrook 1926 Topic: Nibs
Frank S. Van Hart went to work in the office of the Esterbrook Pen Manufacturing Company in Camden. This led him to a sales job that saw travel to 29 states and Cuba, and culminated with his rise to the position of General Manager. Read more on dvrbs.com
Howard Hunt Pen Co. Pen Nib Wooden Box Topic: Nibs Here is a great looking nib box sold on eBay. (I am not bidding on it and I don't know the seller.) Auction ended 10. December 2004. Winning bid was US $60.00 eBay item #6136118785
The ink corrosion website Topic: Calligraphy
It is surprisingly easy to make iron gall ink - the earliest recipes are often the simplest - and the ingredients are inexpensive and readily available. Learn how to make ink on The ink corrosion website
Ruling Pens (Reissfedern) by Gebrüder HAFF GmbH, Germany Topic: Drawing instruments Gebrüder HAFF was founded in 1835 for the manufacture of mathematical instruments. Today their drawing and mathematical instruments and planimeter are distributed worldwide. Check out the Ruling Pens
How to use the Ames Lettering Guide Topic: Drawing instruments
In 1917 Olson Manufacturing was established with the sole purpose of supplying the drafting industry with its patented Ames Lettering Guide, invented by OA Olson in Ames, Iowa. Learn how to use it on www.olsonmfg.com (pdf). More about lettering in the Comic Book Lettering School
Pelikan Graphos Cabinet Topic: Nibs
Graphos Display Cabinet with 150 nib boxes (about 1400 nibs) sold on German eBay. Auction ended 5. December 2004. Winning bid was EUR 79.00 (approx. US $106.00) (I did not buy it and I don't know the seller.) eBay item #4945135316
Snog Blog Topic: Design Snog Blog, Karen Huang's collection of links related to typography, design, writing, etc..., is always interesting. Here is an old post about calligraphy and lettering from September 2003.
Jan van den Velde Topic: Calligraphy
Jan van den Velde (1568-1623) - one of the most important writing-masters in our history, because of his Spieghel der Schrijfkonste (Rotterdam, 1605). This is number 42 in the exhibition "A hundred highlights from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek" National Library of the Netherlands
Hand Lettering Basics Topic: Hand Lettering: signs Brush Lettering "During the early '20s to late '40s, books on showcard writing and hand lettering were fairly common. Unfortunately, the demand for hand lettering has lessened and finding good basic tutorials is difficult. The images in this section are from a 1942 book by C.R. Havighorst called Simplified Show Card Writing."
Berthold Type Specimen Booklets Topic: Typography Erik Spiekermann scanned 23 Berthold brochures from the 1980's and put them into one low-res pdf document (2.2 MB). "While you cannot appreciate typographic details at that resolution, you'll still discover some faces you've probably never heard of". Go to Spiekerblog
ECOBRA Schreib - und Zeichengeräte GmbH Topic: Drawing instruments ECOBRA GmbH - Top quality rulingpens can be hard to find in the stores. ECOBRA in Nürnberg, Germany still makes them. Look for "Reißfedern" in the catalog.