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OT Nostalgic history of the pen ( 2 replies(was Re: Phoneme winnowing continues

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Friday, June 6, 2003, 23:45
Dirk Elzinga wrote:
> Now a Parker 51 in good shape will cost you $150.00 at least, and one > I've had my eye on is going for about $950.00. I've seen them for as > much as $2500.00 (!). I sure hope that you've kept any that you ever > owned! >
I did have one (another waste of $5, said father), but all my childhood treasures were unceremoniously dumped in 1958 when my parents sold the house and moved to Fla. (I was overseas at the time). I used to like Esterbrooks, too, with the interchangeable points, and have one that came in an auction box of junk for $1.00-- I'd better check that website you mentioned.....or Ebay. Tim May wrote: biro /"bAIr@U/ >noun (pl. -os) Brit. trademark a kind of ballpoint pen - ORIGIN 1940s: named after László Jósef _Biró_ (1899-1985), Hungarian inventor of the ballpoint. Aha!!