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    Default Vintage 1947 ad for the Parker "51"

    I found this recently in a local antique shop for a couple of dollars. It's from Life magazine 1947 (March, I think). Pretty cool stuff. I thought you all would like to see it.

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    "51" the world most wanted pen....

    Yup that say's it all
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    I have two 51's. If I tape them together I guess I have a 102.

    I keep going back and forth on which one is my favourite. The "better" pen is one of those ... oh dang, I forget which is called aerometric and which is called vacumatic ... I'm gonna say vacumatc has the push-button at the back end and the aerometric has the squeeze-on-the-side filler ...

    ... well, the aerometric is the "better" pen. Better ink flow right from the start overnight, and generally, and a nice gold cap, yada yada. The vacumatic takes a little while to get going, and is more likely to have a few moments of dry-nib whenever I pick it up again after a while. Both nibs are "american Fine" in size, I guess.

    But dang, that vacumatic has a nib with so much character. It's almost like a tiny little naginata nib. Dang, it's fun to write with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc4 View Post
    I have two 51's. If I tape them together I guess I have a 102.

    I keep going back and forth on which one is my favourite. The "better" pen is one of those ... oh dang, I forget which is called aerometric and which is called vacumatic ... I'm gonna say vacumatc has the push-button at the back end and the aerometric has the squeeze-on-the-side filler ...

    ... well, the aerometric is the "better" pen. Better ink flow right from the start overnight, and generally, and a nice gold cap, yada yada. The vacumatic takes a little while to get going, and is more likely to have a few moments of dry-nib whenever I pick it up again after a while. Both nibs are "american Fine" in size, I guess.

    But dang, that vacumatic has a nib with so much character. It's almost like a tiny little naginata nib. Dang, it's fun to write with.
    IIRC didn't you ask a long time ago why you needed a "51", as a "21" was great. I guess you answered that question !!!
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    ... oh no, the 21 is much better.
    Be there or be square. Only I can do both!

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    I have both a 21 and a 51. I haven't decided which I like better. One thing I can say is they are my favorite pens!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc4 View Post
    ... oh no, the 21 is much better.
    don't poke the beast
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    Quote Originally Posted by oc_in_fw View Post
    don't poke the beast
    the two headed beast....
    "BE SURE TO WATCH FOR ME ON THE GRAND OL' OPRY...I AIN'T THERE YET, BUT YOU CAN WATCH FOR ME...

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    My 21 is a more consistent writer. But I love my 51s. They are gorgeous.
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    Wow! That ad is as old as I am. And I remember when 51's were still a new pen. A great product from a great State and town. (Janesville, WI.) Too bad there is nothing left of the old company.
    Life is for the birds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Schutz View Post
    Wow! That ad is as old as I am. And I remember when 51's were still a new pen. A great product from a great State and town. (Janesville, WI.) Too bad there is nothing left of the old company.


    brianw remembers when parker use to make a real good hammer chisel for stone tablet writing.....
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    Here's another, they seem kind of expensive for 1947.

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