Saturday, March 21, 2009

Back to Pens, Briefly

Just yesterday (or today on your side of the Atlantic if you are American), I had the opportunity to participate in the annual meeting of the Writing Equipment Society, the sister organisation (as it were) of the Pen Collectors of America, on whose board I am privileged to serve.

Unlike the PCA, whose focus can narrow, often, to pens and only pens, the WES encompasses a wide range of concerns as its name signifies and as the meeting bore out.

I would like to thank Assistant Meetings Secretary Bill Linskey for facilitating my attendance and those who presented for a lively and fascinating program and apologise to those whose names I have omitted.

At the start of the meeting, Chairman Michael Woods presents Steve Hull with a certificate affirming Steve's appointment to a new position within the organisation as Vice President, honouring Steve's lifetime contributions to the hobby in the UK.
Bill Linskey led off the presentations with talk on the American firm of Daniel Low, headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts. Although they called themselves silversmiths, in reality they marketed a wide range of items including sterling and hard rubber pens.

Next up was Jim Marshall, who spoke about advertising in the 18th and 19th century.
Steve and another member show off some of Steve's more modern pieces
Here a tabletop display of advertising items to support the theme of the meeting, marketing.

An unintentionally long, but very pleasant lunch with Jim and his wife Jane and Steve made us late for Jeremy's presentation of materials from the WES archive. Jeremy and I discussed the possibility of reciprocal access to online materials for members.
Michael Woods took us out with a fascinating presentation of marketing stamps, primarily a German innovation that piqued my interests. Some great Pelikan and other materials. Hmmmm.
Secretary John Daniels was good enough to pose for a photo with me.

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