Here we have a great selection of 40 plus year old staplers. All seem to be in good shape along with their packaging. Top left is a small hand held stapler made by Arrow Fastener Co. Next are three Bear Brand Co staplers made in Hong Kong. Followed by a small stapler called the Bambi made by the Rexel Office Products in Long Island City New York. Great picture of the father and kid. Last is one of my favorite staplers the Swingline TOT. Have used these TOT staplers for many years. All these staplers use the same small size staples. Last on the right is a great 4 pack of old erasers. Made in Taiwan. Add them all to your collection.
Another good friend of mine here in Central Texas just got back from Greece. All items are Faber Castell except the green and brown Uniball Power Tank eco. Never seen one before and I do like the green and brown color. Perfect Pencil, Power Tank, some great wooden Faber Castell pencils, 2 more mechanical pencils, two roller ball pens and another mechanical pencil and a nice set with pencils, eraser and sharpener. Great job Robyn. The supply room keeps getting bigger. Add them all to your collection.
My good friend Ricardo and I have been exchanging boxes of supplies over the past year and here is the one I just got in the mail. Most of the stuff is Faber Castell. Starting on the left is a Faber Castell perfect pencil, have two of these now. Next are a few Faber Castell pencil sharpeners and one by Maped, add in a few Faber Castell erasers. Plenty of Faber Castell pencils with friends. My wooden pencil collection is growing. Now what do I see? A new blue BIC 4 way in blue. They come in many colors but here in the USA I can only find the black one. Over at Pocket Blonde you can see a great review of this new 4 way pen. After the BIC is a large collection of pens and Faber Castell pencils plus some more erasers. Last take a look at the red Bel Bol 2mm pencil on the right. Great Haul. Thanks Ricardo. Next post will be Part 2 of my Christmas in August.IC
What were you doing in 1943? Down here in the supply room we have found a stack of ads for pens and pencils from the 1940s to the 1960s. Here is the first one. As she states in the ad," Metal and Rubber are so terribly scarce" That was because of WW2. Most of these ads are from the 40s and all of them seem to show or talk about the military as materials and supplies were in short supply. I will be posting one or two a week. Add them all to your collection.
School starts today here in Central Texas and the sale signs are going up at all our stationary stores. I picked these items up today. The Mead 3/5 cards are standard and the Westcott erasers are nice because they are made from recycled materials. The item that I am most impressed with is the Avery See-Through Sticky Notes. This is the first time I have seen these and at $2.50 for 50 notes they are not cheap but they do work and work well. I will be going back to Office Max for more. I saw them in both pick and yellow. The Rifle pen is a souvenir from the Alamo which is down in San Antonio Texas. Nice place to go visit if you are in the area. Add them all to your collection.
Here is another box of pens for Mad Men. They needed some color so I am sending these 1966 vintage Parker Touche pens. Originally the pens were felt tip but were converted to use the Jotter ball point pen refill. It seems Parker must of had some kind of problem getting the proper refills to stores so they just came up with a conversion kit. The five pens had the kit and instructions included. The others are more Sheaffer ball points and one set. Add them all to your growing collection.
Here we have a great two page ad for school supplies from the Westab Company in Dayton Ohio in 1968. I was 15 at the time this ad came out so I was using these items or something like them. Around 1968 was the start of stripes, psychedelic prints with flowers and paisley covered notebooks and binders. Papermate Ops N Pops pens also came out in 1968. What a year. I also sent a copy of this ad to Man Men because it does show what was on those school supply shelves in the 60s. Add all these school supplies to your collection.
I like many of you have always had BIC pens at one time or another. The BIC cristal has been around for 50 years and the original BIC is about all you can find here in the US. Around the world is another matter. Here is my current collection to date. I am sure there will be more additions. Countries represented here are the USA, France, England, Australia, Brazil and Mexico. All of these are refillable except one. Add all these BICs to your collection.
Today I went by Lowes to pick up something for the house and never did find it. What I did find are these great plastic boxes with the colored pencils all over the top and sides. Does not look like the pencils will rub off. These boxes are about 12" long, 7" wide and 5" deep so they will hold plenty of stuff and down here in the supply room we have plenty of stuff. I am going back tomorrow and two more. $3.50 each. Add them to your collection.
Here is a 70s clipboard with a yellow tint veneer finish. This was a very popular style clipboard in the 70s. A youngster put stickers all over the front and back. The clipboard was damaged in shipment so it currently does not work but still a nice item for the 70s collection. Will try and repair when I get time. Add one to yours.
Thanks to a comment by Subgirl on my 29 July post we have added a clear tape dispenser model RS 7013 to our 80s collection. There is one button on top to move the tape along and a wheel to adjust the length of tape needed. This has been a great addition to the 80s look. The phone is now in use and the tape and stapler work fine. Add them all to your collection.
RF and I went looking for more school supplies and picked up some real nice new items. Left top is Jetpens Quick Dock pentel pencil followed by the standard ones found here in the US. Bottom are the new for this year clear colored US Quick Docks. I only found these three colors. Very nice pencils. Then we have the two pack of multi pens by Maped. GTC clear pencil top erasers. Bottom middle are the new Hot Wheels puzzle erasers. Next is a two pack of Maped black erasers. Last is a new pocket calculator from Office Depot. Go out there and add all this stuff to your collections.
We have three very different items here. On the left are new Hillary Duff pens. I also put the Scripto Twiggy refillable pen next to them so we can compare. Hillary Duff pens are as you would expect for cheap kids pens while the Scripto is made in the USA about 50 years ago and would have been a good pen for someone. On the right is a set of eight Lyra Colorstrip pencils that won the reddot design award for best of the best in 2009. I can see why, they are very nice looking pencils but all I am going to do is keep one of them for my collection and send the rest over to Ricardo. I will let others who use these type of pencils review them like over at Lung Sketching Scrolls. Bottom right is a pen that has been in my pocket for the past three weeks. Back on 20 July over at Office Supply Geek he review a Tactical Fountain Pen. I may have to get the roller ball. This blue Tactical pen which also comes in black and grey is nice. I prefer one that does not have a cap. Caps get lost. This pen is a one piece pen. You twist the bottom half into the top half and you can see the point and start writing. It uses Parker Jotter refills and can be used as a weapon because the top of the pen is serrated. Also on the very top is a small hole that has a glow in the dark insert. This pen has a extra long pocket clip so it fits in the shirt or the side pants pocket. The pen is heavy but is easy to write with. A friend of mine just left to go back to Iraq and I gave him one to take along. After 21 years in the Army I can tell you that our everyday pens and pencils do not work as well when you are in the sand like I was during Desert Storm or during a winter in Germany. Add them all to your collections.
Some of our blogging friends in the pen and pencil area have gotten real jobs because of their blogs. Well down here in the old supply room we also have another job. Providing school and office supplies to the TV show Mad Men. This is our second year. This post is just some of the stuff headed off to Los Angeles. We also repair old pens and pencils that the staff find and verify dates that the pens and pencils were made. This is fun work. Filming of season 5 starts next week but it will not air till next March. I always have a hard time watching the show because I am trying to see the pens and pencils in the actors hands or on their desks. This is a great show that takes place in the 60s. If you have not seen it rent the DVDs and watch the pens and pencils.