Site updates

We’ve been negligent in posting updates to the Philadelphia Pen Collectors Group website.  Contrary to what these pages might lead you to believe, there have been meetings happening a couple of times a year.

Have you attended those meetings?  We’d love to update the site with dates, places, agendas and photos of the Philadelphia Pen Collectors Group meetings that aren’t yet listed.

Please send the information you have using the contact form on this site, or on the Philadelphia Pen Collectors Group Facebook page.

Website paid for for another year – Thanks Bob

Bob and I spent the better part of an hour on the phone today with our web hosting service.  Neither of us had the password.  I’ve been able to edit the site because the password was saved, although invisible, on my work computer.  Now the password is reset and both Bob and I have it so we’re prepared for the inevitable.

Bob also bought us another year of hosting, for which I would like to thank him publicly.  (Thanks Bob!)

Newly redesigned PCA website up and running!

(from Pentrace post, 2/8)

The Board of Directors of the PCA is delighted to announce the launch of our newly re-designed member website. This project has been in the works for the better part of a year, and we hope it will provide members and non-members alike with information and ideas to help keep our hobby vibrant and growing.

Key to this effort, the new PCA website has been developed using special software designed for creating digital archives and online communities. Unlike a static website, which is only viewed by its visitors, the PCA site will provide its members with opportunities for interaction, exchange, communication, and contribution.

** The more members take advantage of these opportunities and contribute their own materials, sites, and expertise, the more the site will grow and benefit the entire collecting community. ** Like the message boards we all now use, the information will be immediately available to users, but the major improvement is that the postings will be available and searchable forever in a clear, easy-to-access format.

Located at, here is an overview of the site’s offerings.

· Reference Library – members can download digital copies of PCA materials that have been scanned from originals. Members can also help develop the library by contributing their own materials.

· Pennant Archive – members will be able to view searchable contents of past issues of the Pennant, download high-quality digitized versions, and contribute articles to future issues.

· Discussion Forum – members can exchange comments and knowledge about their collecting interests, and they can help and be helped by other collectors.

· Web Bookmarks – members can submit web-based resources directly to the PCA site, and the site will assign a thumbnail of their submission so that the resource has visual representation.

· Show Calendar – the calendar has already been populated with all the major pen shows for 2009, and members can post their own local club meetings as well.

· Member Database – members manage their own private online profiles through a database that keeps their PCA information current and reminds them of membership renewals.

* Website FAQ – developed from questions members have asked, this area is the first place to check for instructions on using the site, including the fine points of all the features listed above.

If you are a current PCA member and we have your email address on file (e.g. you receive PCAccents), you can easily register for website participation by opening the MEMBERS tab, selecting the FAQs, and reading “Website Registration for members who provided an e-mail address.” You DO need an email address on file in our secure database for full participation in the PCA’s online community. Please be assured that your email address is confidential and will only be used to confirm your website registration and to periodically (less than once a month) send you our PCAccent email newsletter. If you are a current member and would like to provide us with your email address, please use the “Membership” link in the “Contact” menu. If you are not yet a PCA member or you need to renew your membership, the FAQs will explain how to do that online by using Paypal or mailing a check.

The site was developed by Dr. Barry Eckhouse, collector and PCA member. Barry worked closely with the PCA Board to insure a site that would serve the organization’s members and one that would grow through the efforts of its membership. Barry is a Professor of Rhetoric at Saint Mary’s College (California), where he teaches and studies the use of emerging technologies in web-based communities. His collecting interests include Chilton, Conklin, and Waterman’s.

We hope this new website will prove to be a wonderful part of your collecting “library.” Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any difficulties on this site.

Carla Mortensen, President, for the PCA Board of Directors and the site developer.

Fall meeting notification sent

Last Saturday at noon Alan sent out the email announcing the May meeting.  It reads as follows:

Philadelphia Pen Club Meeting Notice
October 18, 2008
11am to 1pm
rsvp for security clearance

The featured program
Rick Krantz speaking on
Chilton Pens


You’ve heard of Wife Swap, House Swap, how about

Bring us your old, your tired,
Your weird color ink,
Put it out for someone else to take and enjoy
and you take what you like.
It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s cheap.
Bring your ink to our meeting on
Saturday October 18th, at the Cira Center
11am to 1pm

2929 Arch Street Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA. 19104-2889

Please RSVP to Alan Blacker ( or visit our web site,

Please use the kitchen for the ink swap
Please bring a picture ID.

DC and NY/NJ shows have happened since my last post

Looks like I haven’t done much with the site since July.  That means I’ve been to the Washington DC Supershow (August) and the NY/NJ Pen Show (last weekend) since then.  These are the two shows besides Philadelphia that are closest to our club members.

DC was long enough ago that I don’t recall offhand much to say, but NY/NJ was just last weekend so still fresh in my mind.

Usually when I go to a show it takes me a while to look around before I buy anything but that was not what happened last weekend.  Within minutes I had bought an inexpensive Ducati 850 in yellow from Menash Murad, and also from him a silver swiss army knife.  At the very next table Bert Oser of Bertram’s Inkwell had great prices on the two Stipula Gaudi limited editions.  Wasn’t going to get one since I couldn’t decide between the two very different designs, but when he offerred me a package price for both, wel….

Richard Binder has been threatening to restore and sell me a Snap-fil for better than two years, and he came through big time!  These weren’t the only purchases I made during the show but I’ve said enough.  One additional hint: I’ve been using the Nakaya I bought some time back a lot lately.

There are people who enjoy pens but don’t go to pen shows.  I don’t get it.  How else do you see and learn?  Internet is great, but nothing like touching and holding and seeing in person.

Can anyone tell me what I missed?

(As posted in reply to the question above on FPN, regarding Saturday’s meeting)

There are some pictures of the meeting in the photo album on the website. John Roede gave a great presentation on the Franklin Pen Company of Philadelphia. His research included a lot of information on the families involved including some gathered from interviews of surviving descendents. John brought along examples of Franklin pens from various periods of the company’s history including eyedropper, plunger and lever filling pens.

Afterwards there was plenty of show & tell with plenty of both vintage and modern pens to play with. With nearly 20 people in attendance the conference table was full but the room was still comfortable.