Archive for May, 2010

Hot News From the Smithsonian

Meradyth Moore reported in on the following cool information from the SMITHSONIAN (how cool is that?!?):

Check it out if you are in the area and email me to let me know how it was!!!

WHAT: Pens & the Post: Collect, Correspond, Celebrate!
WHEN: Saturday, May 29
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Smithsonian National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave. NE
The National Postal Museum, along with the Pen Collectors of America and Fahrney’s Pens, are hosting “Pens & the Post: Collect, Correspond, Celebrate!” Pens, postage and mail have long gone hand in hand. Explore the shared history of pens and mail with the whole family.

The following activities taking place throughout the day:

• Make a creative card to send to a friend with young designer Sophia Breuer
• Watch an expert calligraphy demonstration by expert calligrapher Deborah Basel
• Take a fancy fountain pen for a spin at the “Pen Petting Zoo” provided by Fahrney’s Pens
• Sample a rainbow of ink colors with John Bosley, author of Vintage Inks
• Try out beautiful papers from plain to posh with handwriting specialist Nan Barchowsky
• Just in time for Memorial Day, pen a letter to U.S. military members and learn about World War II-era correspondence.
• Meet the Pen Collectors of America and find out more about the pen collecting community
• See a pen set belonging to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and beautiful stamps featuring pens and handwriting in a scavenger hunt

Short workshops provide the opportunity to learn from the experts and try new skills:

• 11:30 a.m. – Pens for Kids Workshop presented by the Pen Collectors of America
• 12:30 p.m. – Cursive for Kids Workshop presented by Fahrney’s Pens
• 1:30 p.m. – Pens for Kids Workshop presented by the Pen Collectors of America
• 2:30 p.m. – The Glory of Pen Collecting presented by the Pen Collectors of America


The Gelly Roll is Back!

The Gelly Roll pink moon light pen is one of my new favorite pens! This pen, for one – is PINK!!!!(How fun is that?!?!?!) Another great benefit of this pen is that it is by far the smoothest writing pen that I have EVER used! The ink flows out of the cartridge smoothly and the ink does not skip. However, the ink comes out so much at a time that it usually takes a bit longer to dry. So, for you left-handed folks out there, it may not be the best choice.L These pens come in MANY different colors, such as bright pink and bright orange!

In my hometown of Missoula, we only have two stores (that I know of) that carry these pens. I got mine at “Noteworthy.” Noteworthy is a new store next to the Wilma theater down town. You can get more information on Noteworthy online at:

I spoke to Hannah at Noteworthy, who told me these pens were first popular in the mid-1990’s. Recently, there has been resurgence. Hannah also told me that these pens glow in black light and are visible on dark paper.  We both agreed that is WAY cool. She cracked me up with a story of one of her friends who will only use these pens and about how she traveled all over Missoula to find them.

According to Hannah, Gelly Rolls have made a comeback. I hope you are able to find one to try soon! I found them for anywhere between $1.30 and $1.50, but encourage you to go to your local store where you can try out all of the cool colors.

Hello, my name is Taylor. I have recently become a fan of pens, I love the way they glide over paper unlike the wooden pencil, so many people have become accustomed to. Pens come in many different brands. Some popular ones are Paper Mate, Zebra, and my personal favorites Uni-ball, and Pilot. Pens also come with different types of cartridges; fountain, ballpoint, gel ink, and liquid ink are some common ones. As well as having varying brands and cartridges, pens have a HUGE variety of color and size, which is part of what makes them so appealing. Equally as important to me is the feel of the pen in my hand.

I use pens to do school work, to make drawings, and to write just about anything else! I was inspired to blog about pens when I saw the web site called “penaddict.” Brad, the gentleman who owns the website, helped me to better understand how to blog (thanks, Brad!). Through this blog I will share with you my thoughts on pens, including how they feel, look and write.