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Core Index has been generated.  No doubt topics will be added subsequently. Active links will  appear in color instead of  black. Feel free to suggest other subjects.  Input is invited regarding errors.
 

  • How to Collect Well: General Subjects in Pen Collecting
    • Grading Old Pens
    • Collector vs User
    • How to play at Pen Shows
    • A Few Pen Show Reviews from the Old Days
    • Pen Restoration/Repair: Brief
    • Overview of  Pen Brands
    • Where to buy Old Pens. Or... Ebay vs. Dealer
    • Join the Fountain Pen Board.
    • Sign up for FP Scribbles, the Vacumania Newsletter.
  • Parker 
    • Overview of Parker: 1890's to Current.
    • Eyedroppers and Safeties. The first Parkers
    • Early Button Fillers (1910's-1920's)
    • Duofold (1921- Current)
    • Vacumatic
    • 1930's re-badges:  Diamond Medal, Webster,  Good Service, Safford, Pencopen, etc.
    • Challenger Family
    • Parkette Family
    • The so-called Thrift Pens  ~1928-1939
    • "51"
    • Other 1950's-1960's +, "21, 45, 61, 65 75"
    • Some Parker Gems from David's Personal Collection
  • Sheaffer 
    • Overview of Sheaffer: 1908-current
    • Flat Top Era 1908-1930+
    • Balance Overview
    • Balance Off-Catalogue cap-bands
    • Balance Canada
    • Sheaffer's 1930's Junior.
    • 1930's  sub-brands: Craig, Vacuum-Fil, WASP Vacuum-Fil, Vacuum, WASP Clipper,  WASP Addipoint,  Univer
    • 1940's Triumph era: War years, Immediate Post War, Original Touchdown
    • 1951. Thin Model Touchdown
    • 1952-9 Snorkel
    • 1959-1963+ PFM
    • 1960s-1980's. Imperial and Related
    • Targa
    • Some Sheaffer Gems from David's Personal Collectoin
  • Wahl-Eversharp
    • Overview 1917-1950's
    • Flat-top Era ~1917-1930
    • Equi-Poised 1929-1932+
    • Focus on Equi-Poised Purse Pen
    • Doric 1931-1939
    • 1920s-1930's sub-brands and re-badges
    • Wahl Oxford: 2nd tier Wahl
    • Skyline
    • Symphony
    • Late Wahls
    • Some Wahl Gems from my Personal Collections
  • LE Waterman
    • Overview Early 1880's- 1950's (current production still in Europe). Focus on filling mechanisms
    • Basic model nomenclature. It's all about the numbers.
    • Early Era. Eyedroppers: 1880's- 1920s (later?)
    • 1920's Hard Rubber/Ripple/Overlay
    • Overview of 1929-1939 Plastic
    • Patrician
    • Ink Vue
    • 1939+, 100 Year Pen and related
    • Taperite
    • CF Cartridge Filler
  • Conklin
    • Overview
    • Endura Flat-Top
    • Endura Symmetrik
    • Nozac
    • Downhill from there...
  • Quality Smaller Makes and High Volume Lower Priced Brands
    • Carter
    • Chilton
    • Dunn
    • Eclipse
    • Esterbrook
    • Kraker
    • Monroe
    • Moore
    • Pullman
    • Rexall Drug Store brands: Belmont
    • Triad
    • Wearever

4 Generations of the Parker Vacumatic Fountain pen
Are you a "Collector"  or a "User"?
How to grade vintage pens, and why it matters.

 Review: Philadelphia Pen Show 2003 :
Links to www.stylophilesonline.com
Review: Los Angeles Pen Show 2003
Links to Stylophilesonline.com
Review: Philadelphia Pen Show 2005