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Monday, 23 January 2006
Spencerian trading card on eBay
Topic: Nibs
Spencerian advertisement for sale on eBay. "Wonderful Spencerian Pen Ad. Copyright 1902 by the Spencerian Pen Co. N.Y. Measure 4 inches x 7 inches, has great color and subject..."
Auction ends 24.Jan.2006. View eBay item #6598292162. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for spencerian
»More about Spencerian Steel Pen Co. on my Spencerian page

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Sunday, 22 January 2006
Domino Vase - Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg 1955
Topic: Design
Domino -- nice little vase by Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, 1955 for sale on Swedish auction site Auction ends 22.Jan.2006. (I am not bidding, and I don't know the seller.)

UPDATE: Winning bid 460 SEK approx. $ 60 USD

»Search eBay for Stig Lindberg

posted by niblog at 01:14 CET
Updated: Monday, 23 January 2006 21:01 CET
Monday, 9 January 2006
Gaskell's Compendium of Forms
Topic: Calligraphy
Gaskell's Compendium of Forms -- Social, Educational, Legal and Commercial. Penmanship, Correspondence, Etiquette, Poetry. -- "George A. Gaskell (1844-1885) was one of the most famous calligraphers in America. Gaskell's Complete Compendium of Elegant Writing (1873) was a bestseller, with over 250,000 copies sold in ten years. It inspired a whole generation of penmanship students, many of whom became prominent calligraphers later on (Louis Madarasz, for example). Gaskell was also the author of The Penman's Hand-Book (1883), another excellent calligraphy manual, and he was the editor of what was almost certainly the first monthly journal dedicated to calligraphy and penmanship. [Note: However, Gaskell was perhaps most famous as the author/compiler of a book called Gaskell's Compendium of Forms, Educational, Social, Legal and Commercial -- a massive tome on etiquette, etc., that no self-respecting Victorian gentleman or lady could do without reading.]"

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Sunday, 8 January 2006
My Pen Is Huge
Topic: Pens, Pencils
My Pen Is Huge -- funny cheap offensive t-shirt from deezteez

posted by niblog at 17:05 CET
Saturday, 7 January 2006
New Kodak logo
Topic: Logos
Eastman Kodak Co. today unveiled a new logo -- its first such change in a half century. Read more in Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 6. Jan. 2006. (via bold)

posted by niblog at 18:50 CET
Friday, 6 January 2006
Modest Change : Cancel Something
Topic: Blogging
Cancel Something -- Think about all the things you've invited or allowed into your life in the past couple years... Read more in

posted by niblog at 11:26 CET
Thursday, 5 January 2006
Photo Album
Topic: Photography
New album -- there are more than 200 photos in my my flickr, so I am moving the oldest images to this new Photo Album (using the tripod photo album builder)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Wednesday, 4 January 2006
Paul Smith Fountain Pen
Topic: Pens, Pencils
The Paul Smith Fountain Pen looks cool. "Luxury lacquered fountain pen with silver key line and silver nib featuring the signature Paul smith 'twist' clip.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 6 January 2006 11:32 CET
Monday, 2 January 2006
Penmanship - the art of writing via loops and links
Topic: Calligraphy
Penmanship machine from the 1950's for sale on eBay. "This is antique penmanship machine that is from the 1950's. It is made of cardboard and wooden knobs that when you turn them you can see the item that you are spelling and the correct penmanship of how its written. Very cool vintage item. The item was made by Mastercraft Toy Company in New York."
Auction ends 3.Jan.2006. View eBay item #6025195223. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for penmanship

posted by niblog at 09:18 CET
Sunday, 1 January 2006
Happy New Year
Topic: Calligraphy
A Happy New Year -- Pen Drawing and Design by Samuel E. Bartow, The American Penman, January 1932, Vol.49, Number Five, page 139

posted by niblog at 22:23 CET
Saturday, 24 December 2005
Give them the best in writing...
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Esterbrook Christmas 1948 ad, found at Bamboo Trading

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Wednesday, 14 December 2005
Alphabet evolution animation
Topic: Typography
Alphabet evolution animation -- Here's a really nice animation of the evolution of the Latin alphabet, from c. 900 BC to the Middle Ages. (via boing boing)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Tuesday, 13 December 2005
PRESTO Recording Corporation
Topic: Music
PRESTO Recording Corporation was a power-house company in the broadcast and recording industry, and most radio stations and networks that made use of disc recorders for delayed broadcast, or air checks, etc., were users of PRESTO EQUIPMENT. All of the major broadcast network headquarters, as well as many recording studios used PRESTO recorders. Check out the Presto History Page (via

posted by niblog at 07:07 CET
Monday, 12 December 2005
School bans pencil cases
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Pupils as young as four have been banned from taking pencil cases to school - in case they are used to smuggle sharp weapons. The drastic action was taken after a boy was cut with a letter opener during "boisterous play". Paul Starkie, aged nine, suffered minor cuts to his chest and leg following the incident at St Anne's Primary School, Denton, earlier this week. Teachers discovered that the steel blade had been brought into school hidden in a pencil case. Now all 209 girls and boys at the Tameside school have been banned from taking pencil cases and their contents into the classroom to prevent any other "potentially harmful instruments" being brought into the school.
Read more in Manchester Evening News 10th March 2005

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Sunday, 11 December 2005
Pencil sharpeners banned after attack
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Pencil sharpeners have been banned from a primary school after a pupil dismantled one and used the blade to slash another child's neck. Read the news story in Manchester Online 9th Dec. 2005. (via zerointelligence and pencil revolution)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Saturday, 10 December 2005
Batoen: Dragon Quest Battle Pencils!
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Batoen: Dragon Quest Battle Pencils! "Much like Pokemon is short for Pocket Monsters, Batoen is short for Battle Pencils... just the word for pencil in Japanese is enpitsu. It's a simple idea. Take pencils, write stuff on each of the sides, so that the pencil becomes a sort of six-sided die. You roll the pencil and the pencil, which represents a monster from Dragon Quest, does something, like damage or healing of hp, or other interesting effects" read more in the revecess blog (via boing boing) [see also pencil cricket]

posted by niblog at 01:46 CET
Updated: Saturday, 10 December 2005 10:37 CET
Friday, 9 December 2005
Signpaintr pool
Topic: Signs
Signpaintr pool -- cool signs on flickr. ('Bargains Galore!' from nevada photos)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Thursday, 8 December 2005
Sho Card Writing
Topic: Hand Lettering: signs
Sho Card Writing a photoset on flickr, created by pantufla

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Wednesday, 7 December 2005
THINK and TALK Collection
Topic: Comics
THINK and TALK -- sterling silver earrings and pendant handcrafted and designed by Chao and Eero Jewel. "Think and Talk come from my long history with comic books. I have collected comics for about 15 years, and I have studied the icons and symbols used in comics. I did my graduate work about the similarities and differences between icons in jewelry and comics." Eero Jewel (via

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Tuesday, 6 December 2005
The Dilbert Blog : Humor Formula
Topic: Comics
The Dilbert Blog "In today’s blog entry I will teach you how to write humor, thus removing the mystery and in the process turning you into a joyless zombie, albeit a witty one. I wrote on this topic more extensively in my book, The Joy of Work. So I'll just give you the highlights here. The core of humor is what I call the 2-of-6 rule. In order for something to be funny, you need at least two of the following elements:
Cute (as in kids and animals)
Recognizable (You've been there)
I invented this rule, but you can check for yourself that whenever something is funny it follows the rule. And when something isn't, it doesn't." Read more in The Dilbert Blog, by Scott Adams.

posted by niblog at 07:05 CET

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