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Monday, 18 July 2005
In Memoriam: Laurel Aitken: the Godfather of Ska (1927-2005)
Topic: Music
Laurel Aitken - The Godfather of ska died of a heart attack in Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, England. (via and

posted by niblog at 20:12 MEST
Updated: Monday, 18 July 2005 20:13 MEST
Saturday, 16 July 2005
2005 Eisner Awards at Comic-Con
Topic: Comics
Best Lettering : Todd Klein, Promethea; Tom Strong; Tom Strong's Terrific Tales (ABC); Wonder Woman (DC); Books of Magick: Life During Wartime; Fables; WE3 (Vertigo/DC); Creatures of the Night (Dark Horse).

Read about all the 2005 Eisner Recipients at The awards were presented on the evening of Friday, July 15, at the San Diego Convention Center as part of Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony.

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posted by niblog at 17:12 MEST
Updated: Saturday, 16 July 2005 20:24 MEST
Wednesday, 13 July 2005
BYRÅ - Gammal fin träbyrå bortskänkes
Topic: Design
Gammal fin träbyrå bortskänkt via -- Gul byrå i massivt trä. 1940-50-tal(?) bortskänkes pga utrymmesbrist. Byrån är fin, men den behöver kanske målas om. (Större bild - klicka här)

» -- Local Classifieds, Stockholm, Sweden.

posted by niblog at 23:23 MEST
Updated: Friday, 15 July 2005 19:38 MEST
Tuesday, 12 July 2005
Agfa-Photo declares insolvency
Topic: Photography
Agfa-Photo declares insolvency -- the news is old, but I didn't know. Read the article at 27.May.2005.

Agfa film box, image from Fotofex Vintage cameras page

posted by niblog at 12:31 MEST
Updated: Tuesday, 12 July 2005 12:35 MEST
Sunday, 10 July 2005
Facit Doll - Office Machine Manuals
Topic: Advertising
I found this Facit Doll via google images but the site was 'Not Found'.

posted by niblog at 20:55 MEST
Updated: Sunday, 10 July 2005 21:00 MEST
Thursday, 7 July 2005
Facitman and Keyrings
Topic: Advertising
I don't know why the Facitman is standing in an Evian ashtray showing a collection of French advertising keyrings on the Japanese site "Long-distance runner" at

posted by niblog at 01:48 MEST
Wednesday, 6 July 2005
FACIT Trivia
Topic: Advertising
Pronounciation of FACIT? and Bits of Facit History in James Redin's World of Calculators

posted by niblog at 19:08 MEST
Tuesday, 5 July 2005
Topic: Advertising
Facit-gubbe -- orange colored, plastic, 9.5cm tall Facitman sold on Swedish auction site, Item #15502961. Winning bid 40 SEK (approx. $5.00 USD)

posted by niblog at 20:59 MEST
Das Facit-Mannchen
Topic: Advertising
Das Facit-Mannchen -- The Facitman, image from the German office equipment collection "Sammlung von Maschinen für das Büro und für den Einzelhandel" at

posted by niblog at 19:47 MEST
Monday, 4 July 2005
Facit Man - Die Welt rechnet mit FACIT
Topic: Advertising
Die Welt rechnet mit FACIT -- The Cartoonist posted this old Facit ad in his blog yesterday.

»Search eBay for FACIT collectibles.

posted by niblog at 09:30 MEST
Updated: Wednesday, 6 July 2005 11:35 MEST
Facitman on eBay
Topic: Advertising
Facit Figure for sale on eBay. "Vintage Facit figure, hard plastic, made in Sweden, 4.5 inches tall more or less, it is in regular conditions" Auction ends 7.Jul.2005. View eBay item #5594435911. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for vintage Facit, typewriters, calculators and advertising collectibles.

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Monday, 4 July 2005 11:09 MEST
Facit Echos brochure
Topic: Advertising
I found this Facit image at Brukskultur Åtvidaberg. (In Swedish)

»Read the History of the Facit Calculators by Christofer Nöring

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Monday, 4 July 2005 12:54 MEST
Grey Facit Men
Topic: Advertising
Gasoline Alley Antiques has two gray Facit Men for sale:
»5" tall, mint w/box $47.50
»4" tall. w/jointed arms and magnets built into his feet $39.50

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Tuesday, 5 July 2005 20:10 MEST
Facit Man - 1960:s Advertising Icon
Topic: Advertising
Do you remember the Facit Man? The Cartoonist posted an old Facit ad in his blog yesterday. The Toy Museum writes about the Facit Man: ..."Ivan Hammer, the Swedish company's advertising manager, thought that using a calculator should be fun, so he invented a delightful little wizard to help promote their products. This endearing little guy wears a yellow jumpsuit with the Facit logo, and a big black wizard's cap -- with numbers on it instead of mystical symbols. The Facit Man was 'a lighthearted approach to persuade serious people to buy modern calculators' ..." Read the story at (The Advertising Icon Museum)

»Search eBay auctions for Facit adding machines and advertising collectibles.

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Wednesday, 6 July 2005 11:47 MEST
Saturday, 2 July 2005
MIT Weblog Survey
Topic: Blogging
Take the MIT Weblog Survey Take the MIT Weblog Survey 2005 -- I did!

posted by niblog at 19:08 MEST
Sunday, 19 June 2005
Weather in Stockholm
Topic: Blogging

Weather forecast from Weather Underground. The banner will automatically display the most up to date current weather conditions for Bromma Airport, Stockholm, Sweden.

posted by niblog at 19:44 MEST
Updated: Monday, 20 June 2005 11:58 MEST
Friday, 3 June 2005
School's Out
Topic: Education
School's Out -- Today I am listening to Alice Cooper's album School's Out from 1972. Niblog will be closed for the summer and will reopen in August 2005. Comments will be turned off.

UPDATE: Watch for new images in my flickr photo album.

posted by niblog at 08:42 MEST
Updated: Sunday, 12 June 2005 19:30 MEST
Thursday, 2 June 2005
Jorg Hysek - The most expensive dipping pen? ($495.00)
Topic: Nibs
Jorg Hysek -- "The act of writing something important calls for a break from the ordinary. For example, when you sign that big contract, or write that letter to the editor expressing your outrage about some injustice, or compose a special message to a loved...those moments are made more special when you take the extra few seconds to clear your desk, prepare your paper, carefully open the inkwell and just as carefully dip your pen into the dark liquid, pause to think and, finally, bring your thoughts or your signature into the world for all to see. That's why we made a dipping pen."

»Jorg Hysek dip pen
»Diamond dipping pens are also available!
»Jorg Hysek homepage
»Search eBay for Jorg Hysek pens and watches

posted by niblog at 09:18 MEST
Wednesday, 1 June 2005
Ackerman Pump Pen - New Design
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Ackerman Pens -- The Ackerman Pump Pen is redesigned. It looks interesting. The 'nib pump pen' costs $19.95 USD + shipping. Read more at

Download the Spring 2005 catalog [pdf 460kb]

posted by niblog at 06:33 MEST
Tuesday, 31 May 2005
Pilot Elite Photographs Redone
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Pens and Nibs Photography -- "The nib on the left was shot from directly above. Notice the reflected dark spot of the lens. The same nib on the right was shot with the lampshade tilted slightly. Probably around 10 degrees." Mark writes about tricks when shooting pens and nibs at Penpassion

posted by niblog at 00:49 MEST

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