Monday, June 27, 2011

The Postmaster Redux


Yes, I am still in like with my new Retro 1951 fountain pen. Throughout the day I pick it up just to enjoy its heft. I look at the stamps. They make me smile. But, before I can get to the pen, I get to enjoy the box. I like the statement on the back. See if you agree.


"Life is too short to carry a ugly pen!" I wonder who said that. So you? Do you know? I googled the quote. I like the results. I could expand on that quote--change it even, to "Life is too short to use and ugly pen!" But, who makes an ugly pen? 


Check out the bottom. Retro went all out. This is spectacular packaging. I doubt anyone could bring themselves to toss this box, even if they hated the pen.


Hey now! A retro info/warranty booklet. It's worth the read. 


Then, finally. Herein lays the gift. The gem. It's nestled in strips of paper I wish were white, or even red, but I can live with the earth tone. It's the pen that's important.


Do you recognize any of the snippets of stamps? I do. 


Here's another view. I like the Peace stamp. 


Can you imagine sending a letter for just 5¢? There are times when I feel 44¢ is a rip-off. On the other hand, if postage were $1 per stamp, I'd whine and complain . . . even threaten to . . .

( . . . stay tuned, there's more . . .)






19 comments:

  1. I got my Retro 1951 Postmaster on Friday. I like the pen, though the nib is way too broad for my (it is M ... I like F or XF). I got the mini converter because I prefer bottle ink, but the converter is too small. I called and spoke with a fabulous customer service rep and, indeed, the once nice fit is not possible anymore. Seems either the pen or converter has been changed recently. They are sending me some cartridges to use and I'm going to figure out how to refill cartridges with my bottle ink. In the meanwhile, I'm going to find someone to make the nib a bit least thick.

    And the packaging is fabulous!

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  2. Oh I cannot wait to hear more of this lovely post and my what an lovely pen !!! I m envious of that pen my dear . Good Golly Miss Molly !!!

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  3. Heft. That's a word I have not heard in a long time but I know exactly what it means. I do love a pen with heft!

    The warranty book cracked me up! I just wrote about instructions on a candle yesterday.

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  4. Gorgeous pen and packaging. Makes me want to order my own!

    I'm one of those suckers who would pay whatever postage is necessary for my mail fix. I'm just afraid no one would write me back at $1 a stamp!

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  5. I love this packaging! And I am sure the pen is a delight too. Look forward to reading more about it soon! =)

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  6. PostMuse, how do you like yours? Are your stamps different. I'd like a peek before I post the final images. Thanks.

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  7. phonelady61, LOL!. I so like this pen. Sorry for dragging it out but there's so much to show and tell.

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  8. Hey Susan. That's retro for you. :) That goes for the pen and for my use of the word heft.

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  9. Maria, I feel guilty for paying 44¢ for a stamp that does so much. I wouldn't do as much mail if I had to pay a dollar per letter though. Americans are getting a bargain for postage. Please don't tell the postmaster general I said that. ;)

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  10. My dear Pen Thief, I slept with my pen last night. I forgot to put it away before I drifted off. Am lucky the cap screws on, or I could have ended up with more ink-soaked sheets like the last time. Tonight's post will be the final installment. Thanks for bearing with me. I just like this stamp theme. :)

    Wish I could post the comments under each comment, but I get an error msg when I try. My Mac really must go to the Genius Bar for an evaluation and repair. :(

    Thanks for commenting. :D

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  11. There are now two photos of my Retro1951 Postmaster on my flickr stream, and the postage is different and I'm thrilled to have one of 1966 ASPCA 5¢ postage stamps on mine.

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  12. Well if anyone knows postmuse's email addy please tell her to get some syringes from the drugstore and use them to refill her ink cartridges . I do it all the time. If she needs further help please tell her to get in touch with me.

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  13. Yeah! PostMuse how nice. :D Have you tried it yet? I have. I couldn't wait, so I didn't stop until I found the brown ink I wanted and started trying the Postmaster minutes after I took it from the box.

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  14. I did write a letter, but had to write with the nib upside down because it is just way too broad for me. Upside down gives a bit finer line. I guess your converter worked .... mine is too narrow. I did alter the converter a bit but it doesn't sit secure and I don't dare use the pen anywhere but outside in case it leaks. I am going to fuss with some cartridge refilling in the coming weeks.

    I don't think I could write for hours with this pen because it is quite a bit heavier than most of my other fountain pens, but I love the design so much that I'm going to get use to the weight.

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  15. Such a cool pen! The other pens on their website are great too. I would love to get several of them.

    Sharon

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  16. I use the syringes too, phonelady61.

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  17. PoetMuse I prefer a fine nib too but there are several medium nibs that have made their way to the top of my Nib Preference List. I've never tried writing upside down. Hmm. What ever work, though, right. I use broad nibs only for drawing.

    I came across some interesting information about using heavier pens. I'll look for it later and send it first chance I get. It's something I never knew. I do understand having to train writing muscles when using a heavier pen, but I also learned how not to hold one, too.

    It's nice to hear someone else uses the same pens. :D

    I have to re-read a letter from the Pen Thief about pens and her small hands, because I wanted to mention it here. I just keep forgetting. I don't recall what she said exactly, but her comments keep bumping the back of my memory. What she said might be about shorter pens or something. I'm not crazy about the length of this one, but I can live with it.

    Write on!

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  18. Hey Sharon. I've ear marked several that I would like to have. I'd like one with maps. Their pens make writing even more fun. Let me know if you finally decide on a favorite. :)

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  19. Ooh the pen is just as pretty as the box :)

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