Saturday, May 26, 2018

Never Too Thin

What was that old saying?  "You can never be too rich or too thin."  It seems to have been around since the 1960s.  These Thin Model Sheaffer pencils are even earlier.  They have the lifetime (for original owner, of course) guarantee shown by the "white dot" and were made to accompany the pens of the time.  These belonged to my mother and father.

Dad's Snorkel "Admiral" fountain pen

 This wide band with incised lines belonged to the Statesman model, as far as I can tell.  Some of the other models at the time were Valiant, Triumph, Admiral, Ambassador, and Craftsman.

Like many post-war Sheaffers, they were made of injection-molded plastic, and had the dual layer tip.
They are 5 inches long and only 1/4 inch wide.  An ad from the time shows how the tip was the latest selling feature of the late 40s and 1950s.  Thin lead was also used, 0.9 mm, which, amazingly, is the thick lead of today!

The family desk drawer also had an all-metal version with smaller band--for use on Sundays?

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