The Good Old #2 Topic: Pens, Pencils The Good Old No. 2 pencil -- "I read yesterday that some schools are going to stop teaching cursive writing and instead kids will be taught how to write using a computer keyboard." Read more in Trevor's Blog
Digital Ink well 2001 Topic: Pens, Pencils Digital Ink Well -- "The e-mail pen combines leading edge electronics and industrial design expertise with a creative vision and gives an everyday familiar object an incredible new function. It enables users to read and write e-mails from their home without the need for being at your computer. Writing with the pen as you would with a normal pen, but on any chosen surface the e-mail pen captures the message digitally and displays it on the screen. By twisting the top of the pen the user selects an address and presses the button to send. The data is transferred via a bluetooth link to the ink well for processing and then via a land line, or GSM link to the internet and on to the recipient." (from a Cambridge Consultants Ltd press release 2001.)
Zeb Macahan 'How the West was Won' 1978 doll Topic: Design Zeb Macahan (James Arness), TV's How the West Was Won, doll from 1978 for sale on eBay. Auction ends 4.Feb.2006. View eBay item #6032214355. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.) UPDATE: Winning bid: $9.99 USD.
John Holland Cino No6 dip pen Topic: Nibs John Holland No.6 -- antique dip pen sold on Swedish auction site tradera.com, 28.Jan.2006. Winning bid 2025 SEK (approx. $ 260 USD). [I didn't bid and I don't know the seller.]
Dandy Chicago - vintage pencil sharpener Topic: Pens, Pencils Dandy Chicago -- cool old pencil sharpener for sale on Swedish auction site tradera.com. Auction ends 28.Jan.2006. (I am not bidding and I don't know the seller.)
Lamy 2000 -- a 'writing-a-novel sort of pen' Topic: Pens, Pencils Neil Gaiman asks: "What are the characteristics of a 'writing-a-novel sort of pen' as opposed to a 'signing-your-name pen'?" He says: "The Lamy 2000 is a poor signing pen, it skips and scratches when you go fast, but it's fine if I've slowed up enough to write words rather than to do a signature." Read more in Neil Gaiman's journal.
Pencil Box with Abacus Topic: Pens, Pencils I like this old wooden Pencil Box with Abacus, ('Anker-Kasten mit Druckknopf gesetzlich geschultzt') sold on Swedish auction site tradera.com, 22.Jan.2006. Winning bid: 205 SEK approx. $ 27 USD (I didn't bid, and I don't know the seller.)
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.)
Domino Vase - Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg 1955 Topic: Design Domino -- nice little vase by Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, 1955 for sale on Swedish auction site tradera.com. Auction ends 22.Jan.2006. (I am not bidding, and I don't know the seller.)
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.]"