Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wildest of the Wild

I’ve written about some of the really strange materials with which Parker experimented in the early 1930s, mostly on the Streamline Duofold platform.  This one was featured here in 2013 (http://leadheadpencils.blogspot.com/2013/02/messners-got-me-beat-by-longshot.html):


And then there was this one, from 2014 (http://leadheadpencils.blogspot.com/2014/11/for-obvious-reasons.html):


At the Chicago Show this year, Eric Magnuson turned up one that takes the prize.  He visited me for a show-and-tell session recently, and we shot some good pictures of it:


It bears a Parker Duofold imprint just like mine, and shares the same imperfections in the plastic that explain why these either never made it into production or were quickly discontinued:


It was nice to have the opportunity to photograph our two examples side by side:


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