News Archive

Wondering what you missed in our News posts? Here's a bit of Pendemonium ephemera - what we posted in the past month or so.

Please note: If you click to an item and it isn't on the page, it has already been sold.





February 27, 2014 - We've got you covered when it comes to collectible Sheaffer Pen Co items - fountain pens, ballpoints, pencils and unusual memorabilia, too. All updated today with over 30 fresh items.

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February 26, 2014 - Carter's was well known over the years for high quality inks as well as fountain pens and even desk sets. We've updated our Carter's advertising today with some great black and white photos including one of an unusual Carter's Desk Set with Ryto Ink from 1931

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February 24, 2014 - Morning coffee is always better when you're drinking it from a pen show mug!

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February 19, 2014 - New Eversharps for you today! A hard to find Skyline Deluxe fountain pen and a cute little Doric mechanical pencil await adoption into your pen collection.

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February 18, 2014 - Our housecleaning put us in our Esterbrook Advertising aisle today. New photos for you and a lot of great Estie advertising showing how some of our favorite fountain pens and renew points evolved over the years.

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February 17, 2014 - It's Cursive Italic Day!

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February 13, 2014 - We've done some more updating to our Vintage Advertisements today. Lots of photos for some of what we refer to as our Eclectic Adverts. Most of these advertisements are from the 1890s and each page has ads for various pen companies such as Waterman, Esterbrook, Shipman, Wirt and others. They also have ads on both sides of each page for office-writing-paper related companies including many amazing typewriters and other office equipment that was popular during the late 1890s - early 1900s. Shown below is one our favorites with a simple Waterman Ideal Fountain Pen, but check out the ad at top left with the cats at a Williams Typewriter! Lots of interesting things from an important time in history for writing instruments.

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February 12, 2014 - Extremely limited quanitites of Private Reserve Special Edition 2003 and 2004 Washington D.C. Fountain Pen SuperShow inks just listed today. Grab 'em quick, I doubt these will last long.

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February 10, 2014 - The Saturday Evening Post is well recognized for their photography and human interest articles. Many pen companies used the Saturday Evening Post as a major way of introducing and promoting fine writing instruments. Today, we've added a new listing to our extensive Eversharp advertising listings, this ad is from 1935 and features the classic Doric fountain pen with adjustable nib. We also did some February cleaning, and added some other great photos!

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February 7, 2014 - Fresh food for your mechanical pencils today! Lots of vintage mechanical pencil leads to keep your pencils writing.

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February 5, 2014 - We listed a few additional Sheaffer pens to our extensive selection today - Legacy Heritage, Calligraphy, Targa, Desk Sets and Javelins await you!

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February 3, 2014 - From ca. 1930, a beautiful Wahl Eversharp Equi-Poised fountain pen in green and bronze celluloid. If you are into classic Wahl Eversharps or that matter just classic fountain pens in general you want to take a look at this one.

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Congratulations to:
Gary R. from Scott Twp, Pennsylvania!


Scott is the winner of a $50 Pendemonium Gift Certificate in our annual Handwriting Month Contest. Our thanks to all who participated!

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Pendemonium's 2014 National Handwriting Month
Special Offer and Contest


You can view last year's letters on our Facebook page in our 2013 National Handwriting Month Photo Album.




January 27, 2014 - Many of you have inquired about when our exclusive ink, Noodler's Violet Vote, will be available again. One of the dyes used in Violet Vote was discontinued by the dye manufacturer. Noodler's Ink is currently experimenting with new dyes that will replicate Violet Vote exactly. This takes a bit of experimentation. As soon as the new dye formula is perfected, we'll have Violet Vote available again for sale. Thanks for your patience.

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January 24, 2014 - It's a Parker Pen kind of day with 18 new additions to our Parker Writing Instrument listings. 51s, 45s, Jotter, Insignia, IM, Sonnet, Frontier and Challenger sections have all been updated. Go now and find the Parker that suits you best.

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January 21, 2014 - How can you help but get a chuckle out of the Parker Lucky Curve Man in this 1916 original advertisement? This ad and several others newly listed on the website. Be sure and check out all of our vintage Parker advertisements.

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January 20, 2014 - Many new listings of Sheaffers today. Styles include - Targa, Desk Sets, Tuckys, Triumphs, an odd Multi-Pen, an amazing Moire ballpen, Lifetime Flattops, Prelude, Crest, Snorkel, Touchdown, PFM, Utility, Cartridge-Fillers, EVT, Fashion and Triumph Imperial. Something for everyone!

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January 17, 2014 - Chilton Pens are high on the collectible scale and don't turn up often at all. Even rarer is this set of three ca. 1930s Chilton Wingflow printing dies. You owe it to yourself to check them out and if you're a Chilton collector, these should be in your collection!

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January 13, 2014 - We're very fond of vintage Waterman advertisements, distinctive artwork was produced throughout the long history of Waterman. Be sure to check out all of our Waterman vintage advertisements including 5 new listings added today from 1893, 1930, 1932, 1946 and 1950.

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January 9, 2014 - Think Ink! New antique inks listed today, be sure to check out our large selection.

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January 8, 2014 - Fully restored and ready for a new home! Waterman Crusader Taperite fountain pen from the late 1940s just up on the website.

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January 6, 2013 -

Heads Up!
We're going to do a little selective shipping on Monday.


It is Colder than in our little corner of Iowa. Better to be on the safe side instead of cold-damaged items arriving on your door step in a few days. Cracked celluloid and broken ink bottles are not a pleasant thing. We know everyone is always anxious to receive their packages. We've been shipping in extreme cold, hot and everything in between for over 20 years now and have yet to lose something to Mother Nature's rage because sometimes we bow to the weather and wait. As soon as we are certain we can wrap securely enough for your package to survive a 90 minute trip north in an unheated USPS truck to the sorting center, then we'll start shipping weather sensitive items again. Should just be a couple days. Of course if you're awaiting non-weather sensitive items, Frank will be delivering those to the post office on Monday.

As I write this at 8pm Sunday, it is ONE degree F outside and I 'll spare you the wind chill details. If you're in a frigid zone as we are, bundle up and stay inside. It's hard to write with frost bit fingers! We'll keep you posted.



January 3, 2014 - New Parker pens up on the website today! From ca. 1920s to more recent models from the mid-1990s. All USA made and ready to write.

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