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January 18, 2020 Second Annual Pen Show Meet-Up

PPCG again will have a table at the 2020 Philadelphia Pen Show. Come over on Saturday, January 18th, and to say “Hello,” then join us at the hotel bar/restaurant in the main floor lobby for our Second Annual Pen Show Meet-Up. Stop by for lunch, a snack or beverage and show your latest pen finds. It will really be fun for us all.

Come by starting at 2:00, see your old pen friends and meet some new ones!

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Philadelphia 201 Hotel (formerly the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown) 201 North 17th Street – Philadelphia


How’s the show going  and what have you gotten so far!?

In Memoriam…

In Memoriam…

We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Ed Budman, a Philadelphia Pen Collectors Group member.  We’ve received the following email from Ed’s son, which we are sharing here:

Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 4:30 PM
Subject: Ed Budman’s memoir
To all-
I have been receiving many touching sentiments from you all regarding your feelings about my father, Ed Budman.  My brother, Brandon, and I have decided to compose a memoir of my father’s life, based on the personal accounts and stories of those that he considered friends.  We are still focused on the funeral arrangements for this upcoming Friday, but at your convenience, please try to come up with any memorable stories or interactions that you can recall which exemplifies the kind of person he was to you and forward them to my email at: and CC my brother at
I appreciate your help with this effort to create a family keepsake which will keep my dad’s memory alive and to show to our children when they get older.
Derek Budman

March 24, 2018 Meeting Announcement


Meeting at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA (upstairs)

March 24, 2018, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM


Please RSVP:

Publetters is a group that Mike McGettigan, a PPCG member, sponsors where people get together to write letters. We will start with a short session on improving our handwriting toward increased legibility and then proceed to write a letter to a person of your choice.

Our meeting will include:

· Handwriting improvement and your readers.

· “Seven and a half things about Letter Writing (one of which is Publetters) We will have some stationery, envelopes & stamps on               hand and there’s a mail box down the street from our meeting location. We will have a “cheat sheet” of notable mailing addresses,             but bring your address book as well. If you have any interesting old letterhead or stationery to share, we’d love to see it.

· What I bought (or learned) at the Philly Pen Show

Getting there:

Fergie’s Pub is close to City Hall Philadelphia and accessible by nearly every form of transit known to penkind, including Market East Station, 13th St. Market-Frankford and Subway Surface Station, Patco Line 12th-13th Locust Station, a whole slew of SEPTA bus routes, and the Broad Street Subway Walnut-Locust stop. If you drive, there are parking garages in the area and even on-street parking is not out of the question. PLEASE READ parking signage very carefully!

We look forward to seeing you on the 24th!

Fergie’s menu:

All food service will be on an individual basis.

Pen Club/IFS Flashdrive: Pen Club; Meeting Flyers; Meeting Flyere 20180324

May 6, 2017 meeting announcement

Philadelphia Pen Collectors Group


Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Michael’s Restaurant & Jewish Delicatessen, 130 Town Center Rd., Valley Forge Center Route 202, King of Prussia, PA 19406.

Michael’s is on Town Center Road, first left turn at the top of the hill, DeKalb Pick, aka Route 202, east of the King of Prussia Mall at Routes 202 and 362. Please check your favorite GPS or Internet map website for the location.

Lunch is available from the menu and is reasonably priced.

RSVP to: by May 1, 2017.

Joshua Danley Presents Pelikan Pens

  • Learn how to identify and distinguish one Pelikan from another
  • Find out how to date a Pelikan
  • Highlight some of the history behind a few rare limited edition pieces,

Joshua is the blogger behind “The Pelikan’s Perch” website founded in 2014 and dedicated to the Pelikan fountain pens. He is a PPCG member and collector of Pelikan Pens.

He will be fortified by his collection of over 100 Pelikans for us to see, learn about and enjoy.

And in addition, he will bring some Edelstein inks for sampling.

There will be ample time for Joshua to address any questions we may have as well.

Joshua’s blog is “The Pelikan’s Perch.”. It’s a source for all brand news about fine writing instruments as well as generating a lot of original content. The site currently has more than a thousand followers. You can find “The Pelikan’s Perch” at:

This will be an exciting event. Don’t miss it!

Pelikans Perch

Upcoming Event announced

(Note that this is not a Club event, but one to which our members have been invited by Federalist Pens and Paper.)
Federalist Pens and Paper invited the Philadelphia Pen Collectors Group to a
special event featuring Lamy Pens and Filofax products.
Questions? Email to
The Lamy/Filofax Event!
Hosted by Federalist Pens and Paper
Saturday, February 25th
Dave and Busters
NE Philadelphia
1995 Franklin Mills Circle
Philadelphia, PA 19154
(Franklin Mills Mall)
Join us for food, fun, games, and pens!
Our regional Lamy/Filofax Representative (Blueline/Rediform) will be joining us to demonstrate the latest and favorite products from your favorite brand(s)! You can order
Questions? Email to
Visit our updated website at

Out with the old (website) and in with the new!

In 2008 we created the Club website using the proprietary site builder provided by  That tool became somewhat outdated over the years but the only way to use a more current tool was to recreate the entire site.  As long as we were going to do that it made sense to use a tool that was more universal than’s latest, but still proprietary tool, so the site has now been rebuilt using WordPress.

We invite you to report any mistakes and to make any suggestions.

Site updates

The site has been updated for the first time in a while.

  • Home Page and Upcoming Events pages now say our next meeting will be in 2017 rather than 2015.
  • Our Recent Events and Club Photo Album pages now include the November 2016 meeting
  • The link to the Club page on Facebook has been corrected.

Just found this news article from January 2013 featuring one of our own!

A fountain pen shop owner adjusts the nib of a pen.

…Myself, I like an occasional dip into the past, and at the Sheraton I find kindred spirits. What brings us here? “It’s an aesthetic,” says Richard Kunin, who’s staffing a table for the Philadelphia Pen Collectors Group, a loose-knit organization of pen enthusiasts…