Vintage Advertisements

This page last updated 4/10/14


We have hundreds of original pen and ink advertisements! Ads are available from all major pen manufacturers; Parker, Waterman, Sheaffer and Wahl Eversharp as well as many smaller manufacturers. These ads date from the late 1800s to the 1970s.

Old advertisements are a great source of reference for those of you doing research on pen manufacturers, many times allowing us to better pinpoint a pen's date of manufacture or garner other obscure information.

Many of our customers purchase vintage advertisements for framing either for themselves or as a gift. We must admit they look great framed and we have a number of these old ads gracing our own walls!

We've had quite a bit of practice putting together pen and ink ad packages for decorating purposes. If you're looking to put some spiffy ads on your office walls, drop us an email. We can pull together a nice assortment of ads for you, perhaps a grouping of classic fountain pens or pens from a certain time period. We've even matched up ads with customers' birth years - these make wonderful personalized birthday presents!


Parker Sheaffer Waterman Others
Esterbrook Wahl-Eversharp Carter's





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Parker Advertisements



Many times, Parker put more than one style of pen in an advertisement, we have endeavored to note the primary pen in the advertisement. We suggest you read through the descriptions thoroughly as we try to note other pens that appear with the primary pen.

Parker Advertisment Sections
Lucky Curve/
pre-Duofold
Duofold 51 61 Jotter
Vacumatic 45 75 Ink/Misc Pens



LUCKY CURVE and PRE-DUOFOLD

PKR212
pkr ad

1920 B&W 2.4"x14" Lucky Curve, "Built on Honor & Made for Service"
$10
PKR222
pkr ad

1920, B&W, 2 1/2x14, Lucky curve, #23 pen shown, “Why the Parker will suit you”
$10
PKR223
pkr ad

1921, B&W, 2 1/2x14, Lucky Curve, #20S, #24L shown, “Let a Parker be your schoolmate”
$10
PKR235
pkr ad

1921, B&W, 2 1/2x14, Lucky Curve, cross section of feed, “capillary attraction”
$10
PKR238
pkr ad

1914, B&W, 5x14, Lucky Curve self filler shown, “new model self filling fountain pen”
$11
PKR607
pkr ad

1913, National Geographic, 7x10, B&W, "For Christmas? You'll find the right answer in a Parker Fountain Pen", illustrations of No. 42 1/2, 20,14, 33, 20 1/2, and 57.
$12
PKR-216
pkr ad

Mar 29, 1913, Black and white, 3"x14 inches, Parker Lucky Curve, X-ray view of pen, "Leak? No. Sweat? No. Write? Yes!"
$11
PKR-217
pkr ad

1913, Black and white, 2.5"x7 inches, Parker Lucky Curve Jack Knife Safety, Geo Parker portrait, "I Know that you will like this handy little fountain pen"
$10
PKR-262
pkr ad

Nov 27, 1913 Black and white, 2 1/2x 6 ˝ inches, #42 1/2, #20 1/2, #14 Parker Lucky Curve fountain pens shown, “For Christmas What better gift than a handsome Parker Pen?”
$10
PKR-263
pkr ad

Sept 4, 1913, Black and white,, 2 1/2 x6 ˝ inches, #20, #42 1/2 Parker Lucky Curve fountain pens shown, “The Pen that Can’t Misbehave”
$10
New
PKR-740
pkr ad

Parker Lucky Curve 1920 Advertisement, From the July 17, 1920 Literary Digest magazine. Advert measures 3 x 11 inches, the full page measures 8 x 11.5 inches. Bold illustration of a Parker nib and pen. "Science made the Parker Always Clean, Always Ready, Quick to Fill, Safe to Carry". Love the note about how 900 of their 20,000 dealers render local service. Excellent condition for an ad of this age.
$10
New
PKR-741
pkr ad

pkr ad

Parker Advertisement dates to November 1916 with the clever Lucky Curve Man filling himself up with ink! Santa Claus Suggest Parker Safety-Sealed Fountain Pens with two holiday wreaths encircling expensive Lucky Curve fountain pens. From St. Nicholas Advertisements. Black and white. Measures 6.5 x 9.5 inches. The reverse side of this ad is for Campbell’s Soup Mmm.... good!
$12


Parker Advertisment Sections
Lucky Curve/
pre-Duofold
Duofold 51 61 Jotter
Vacumatic 45 75 Ink/Misc Pens



DUOFOLD

PKR298
pkr ad

Dec 1931 Color 7"x10" Duofold desk set in bakelite box, "Thrift-Time Christmas Creation"
$15
PKR407
pkr ad

1929 Color 8"x12" Duofold desk sets, Albert Keller, "A Shorter Way..A More Productive Day"
$15
PKR704
pkr ad

April 1924, American Magazine, black and orange color, 8x11 inches, "Duofold converts the Die Hards too". Parker Sr Duofold and Lady Duofold are illustrated.
$10
PKR-705
pkr ad

May 1924 - Parker Duofold Fountain Pen and Pencil, Graduation's New Gift, from National Geo, 7x10 inches, black, white & orange.
$10
PKR-706
pkr ad

June 1924 - Parker Duofold Fountain Pen and Pencil, Graduation's New Gift, from National Geo, 7x10 inches, black and white
$10
PKR-707
pkr ad

June 1924 - Parker Duofold Fountain Pen and Pencil in box, Graduation's New Gift Duette, from American Magazine, 8x11 inches, black, white and orange.
$10
PKR-708
pkr ad

Christmas 1924 - Parker Duofold, The Duofolds will all be sold in two weeks, from American Magazine, 8x11 inches, black, white and orange. Note damage/scrape on paper to the word Duofold, sold as is.
$5
PKR-715
pkr ad

June 1926 - Parker Duofold Pen and Pencil Duette, Give this Reward to Graduates, from American Magazine, 8x11inches, black, white and orange.
$10
PKR-717
pkr ad

August 21, 1926 - Parker Duofold Desk Sets, Give us a Fountain Pen Desk Set, from Literary Digest, 8.5x12 inches, black, white and orange. Five different Duofold desk sets are pictured.
$10
PKR-718
pkr ad

September 18, 1926 - Parker Duofold Desk Sets, Only the Parker Desk Pens Lie Level, from Literary Digest, 8.5 x 12 inches, black, white and orange, 3 different Duofold desk sets are illustrated.
$10
PKR-720
pkr ad

November 13, 1926 - Parker Duofold Desk Sets, You can Lay this Pen Down, from Literary Digest, 8.5x12 inches, black, white and orange with sprig of Christmas holly, 5 desk sets shown.
$10
PKR-722
pkr ad

December 1928 - Parker Duofolds, Give them Now, from National Geo, 7x10 inches, black, white and orange. Shows 1 Duofold set in black and pearl, Duofold pens in black and orange. Back cover advert shows some light wear on edges.
$10
PKR-723
pkr ad

December 1928 - Parker Duofold Desk Sets, Always in Postition, from American Magazine, 8x11 inches, full color, Shows 4 different desk sets with desk Duofold fountain pens in jade, lapis and red.
$10
PKR-726
pkr ad

1930 - Parker Duofold Desk Set with Convertible fountain pen in black and pearl, Like Two Pens, from National Geo, 7x10 inches, full color. Back cover advert shows some light wear on edges.
$10
PKR-728
pkr ad

December 1930 - Parker Duofold Desk Sets, A Gift Pen having Twice the Value, from American Magazine, 8x11 inches, full color. Five different desk sets with pens shown including one with lamp, also the Pocket-Desk Convertible fountain pen in sea green pearl.
$10
PKR-271
pkr ad

Dec 1925, Full color, 7x10 inches, National Geographic back cover, Parker Duofold Duette set, “The Chief Attraction at Christmas Headquarters”
$12
PKR-274
pkr ad

Dec 1927, Full Color, 7x10 inches, National Geographic back cover, five Parker Duofold desk sets “Not cut prices on Something Old but Lower prices on something new!”
$12
PKR-287
pkr ad

Dec 1924, Black and white, 7x10 inches, National Geographic, Parker Duofold Fountain Pen and Lady Duofold fountain pen, “Santa Claus, They’re Here! Parker Duofold Duette”
$14
PKR-293
pkr ad

Sept 1924, Black and white, 7x10 inches, National Geographic, Parker Lady Duofold shown, “To make rugs safe from spilly inkwells Have a Duofold on the Home Desk”
$14
PKR-412
pkr ad

October 1931, Black and white, 3"x11 inches, Duofold Streamline fountain pen in burgundy and black, Man with son, "He got by at School without a good pen - but it cost him many a friend"
$8
PKR-489
pkr ad

Dec 1929, Black and White, 5x14 inches, American Boy - Youth‘s Companion magazine, Duofold fountain pen & pencil in jade green, two desk sets, Santa at top, “Page Mr. Santa Claus, Boys!”
$12
PKR-525
pkr ad

1922, B&W, 3x14, Early ad showing bandless Parker Duofold Fountain Pen, “Hands Crave this Oversize Pen as they crave a balanced golf stick” (tear that has been taped on backside)
$5
PKR-576
pkr ad

Parker Duofold Christmas Advert, December 1926, National Geographic back cover, full color, 7x10 inches. Santa in his sleigh with woman in lap, three Parker Duofold illustrations, "First Christmas for Parker Desk Sets! The Ones That Let the Pens Lie Down Without Drying"
$12
PKR-580
pkr ad

May 22, 1926, 8.5 x 11.5 inches, black, white and orange, Literary Digest, Parker Duofold Fountain Pen and Pencil, Duofold Duette boxed set, Rivals the Beauty of the Scarlet Tanager - NOTE the Scarlet Tanager birds in ad! “Give this Reward to Graduates”
$12
PKR-582
pkr ad

September 1929, 7x10 inches, full color, National Geographic, Parker black and pearl Duofold fountain pen and pencil, Mr Albert Keller Pres of Ritz Carlton testimonial, “In School - in Business Does Everything but your Thinking and Clears the Track for That”
$12
PKR-585
pkr ad

ca. late 1920s, 7x10, full color, National Geographic back cover, Parker Duofold, Sea Green Pearl convertible pocket/desk pen, four Duofold desk sets illustrated, “This Christmas, Parker offers A Gift Pen having Twice the Value” Tape mark in upper right corner, otherwise very nice.
$5
PKR-601
pkr ad

1926, National Geographic, 7x10, B&W, "Hurled 25 Stories to Cement-Picked up Unbroken, Traffic Stopped to watch this test of the Parker Duofold Non-Breakable Barrel", illustration of building, and Parker Duofold
$11


Parker Advertisment Sections
Lucky Curve/
pre-Duofold
Duofold 51 61 Jotter
Vacumatic 45 75 Ink/Misc Pens



VACUMATIC

PKR-268
pkr ad

June 1934, Black and white, 7"x10 inches, Parker Vacumatic, Ripley's cartoon, "This Laminated Beauty is Rated by Students as the Grandest Graduation Gift Pen"
$11
PKR-301
pkr ad

June 1937, Black and White, 4.5"x13 inches, Vacumatic fountain pen, 2 graduates holding boxed set, "Parker’s Luminous Laminated Pearl Vacumatic Pen" “The Gift They’d Pick if the Choice Were Theirs”
$8
PKR-302
pkr ad

June 1936, Black and white, 4.5"x13 inches, Vacumatic fountain pen & pencil with bakelite box, "America's No 1 Graduation Gift" “It will turn their Ideas into Money!“
$8
PKR-434
pkr ad

June 1934, Black and white, 5 x 12 inches, American Magazine, Vacumatic fountain pen, “Rated by Students as the Grandest Graduation Gift Pen”
$11
PKR-632
pkr ad

1937, 22x14 Double Page ad, Full Color, "a New and Superlative Model of the Revolutionary Vacumatic", Illustrations of 3 Vacumatics and 1 Vacumatic Pen and Pencil Set.
$12
PKR-643
pkr ad

Nov 1935, Woman's Home Companion, 5x14, B&W, "This Smart Plaskon Utility Case for Cigarettes, Jewelry or Boudoir Trifles, and outright gift-no charge whatever with the purchase of a Parker Laminated Vacumatic Pen and Pencil set", illustration of Parker Vacumatic Fountain pen, and Vacumatic pen and pencil set.
$10
PKR-646
pkr ad

Dec. 1936, Woman's Home Companion, 5x14, B&W, "Jean Abbey Discovers America's Most-Wanted Christmas Gifts!", illustration of Parker Vacumatic.
$10


Parker Advertisment Sections
Lucky Curve/
pre-Duofold
Duofold 51 61 Jotter
Vacumatic 45 75 Ink/Misc Pens



PARKER 51

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PKR-40
pkr ad

Nov 1, 1948, Full Color, 11x14, Santa's hand holding up Parker 51 fountain pen, "Choose your Christmas 51 now and you'll breathe easier"
$10
PKR-144
pkr ad

May 1951, B&W, 3 1/2x10, 51, set in box shown, "Graduate them to New Parker 51"
$4
PKR-154
pkr ad

June 1946, 7x10, 51, "Arriving in greater numbers"
$7
PKR-158
pkr ad

1952, 7x10, 51, Burgundy & Lustraloy slim, & Brown & gold demi, groom & bride, "Trust this gift"
$6
PKR-166
pkr ad

1952, Full Color, 11x14, Parker 51, two Parker 51 Demi fountain pens; one in cocoa and one in black, one Parker 51 Special in blue and one New Parker 21 in burgundy, "Spring Gift Showing"
$9
PKR-246
pkr ad

1949, Full Color, 11x14, 51, 3 sets & 1 desk stand shown, "How to be the best Santa"
$10
PKR-253
pkr ad

Nov 1947, Full Color, 11x14, Santa's hand presenting "51" Fountain Pen with holly, "Take it from Santa Parker 51 is the world's most wanted gift pen"
$10
PKR-255
pkr ad

Dec 1947, Full Color, 11x14, Parker 51 Magnetix Desk Sets, "new...magnetic", four different Magnetix desk sets shown, also Parker Superchrome Ink mentioned.
$10
PKR-322
pkr ad

1952, Full Color, 11x14, 51,"Spring Gift Showing"
$9
PKR336
pkr ad

May 17, 1952, Full Color 1952, S.E.P., 51,”Spring Gift Showing” demi & regular
$9
PKR-452
pkr ad

1950, Full Color, 7x10, Demi size 51 burgundy/gold, "a New Parker 51"
$8
PKR-462
pkr ad

1950, Full Color, 7x10, 51 Green/Gold, "Aero-metric Ink System!"
$8
PKR612
pkr ad

1948, National Geographic, 7x10, Full Color, "The most valued of your friends...Perfect gift to keep them thinking of you! It gives individuality to your good wishes!", illustration of Parker 51 pen and pencil set.
$10
PKR-616
pkr ad

1950, National Geographic, 7x10, Full Color, "When you give him this pen hell discard all his others...New Parker 51 with the exclusive Aero-metric Ink System", illustration of Parker 51 boxed pen and pencil set, 3 Parker 51 Fountain pens, and the inside of the Aero-metric Ink System.
$9
PKR675
pkr ad

1952, The National Geographic, 7x10, Full Color, “Parker Spring Gift Showing! Choose this gift... and all will know your heart is in the giving! New Parker 51 pen”, illustration of Demi-Size 51 in blue, Regular Size 51 in blue.
$9
PKR-162
pkr ad

1949, 7 x 10 inches, full color, National Geographic, Aero-metric Parker 51, Shown in Santa’s hand and as a boxed set with sprig of holly, “Clever to Choose Certain to Please, World’s most wanted gift pen”
$7
PKR-374
pkr ad

Sept 5, 1953, Full Color, 11x14 inches, Saturday Evening Post, Parker 51 and 21 fountain pens, 5 squares illustrate the electro polishing process, “Something new that‘s hard to believe!”
$9


Parker Advertisment Sections
Lucky Curve/
pre-Duofold
Duofold 51 61 Jotter
Vacumatic 45 75 Ink/Misc Pens



PARKER 61

Sorry, none available at this time.


Parker Advertisment Sections
Lucky Curve/
pre-Duofold
Duofold 51 61 Jotter
Vacumatic 45 75 Ink/Misc Pens



PARKER 45

PKR-104
pkr ad

Sept 9, 1961, Black and white with gold, 11"x14 inches, Parker 45 convertible fountain pen, the ingenious converter illustrated, “Why did Parker put a 14K gold point on their new convertible pen?
$5
PKR-105
pkr ad

1961, Black and white with gold, 11"x14 inches, Parker 45 convertible fountain pen, “Why did Parker put a 14K gold point on their new convertible pen?
$5


Parker Advertisment Sections
Lucky Curve/
pre-Duofold
Duofold 51 61 Jotter
Vacumatic 45 75 Ink/Misc Pens



PARKER 75

Sorry, none available at this time.


Parker Advertisment Sections
Lucky Curve/
pre-Duofold
Duofold 51 61 Jotter
Vacumatic 45 75 Ink/Misc Pens



PARKER JOTTER

PKR-59
pkr ad

Dec 17, 1971, Black and white, 3x13, Parker Jotter Ballpoint, “Would you believe a fine gift pen could cost just $1.98?”
$3


Parker Advertisment Sections
Lucky Curve/
pre-Duofold
Duofold 51 61 Jotter
Vacumatic 45 75 Ink/Misc Pens



INK and MISC PENS

PKR-103
pkr ad

1964, Full Color, 22x14 inches(cut in 1/2) Parker 61, Parker 45. Parker VP, Parker International Flighter set, Jotter and Parker 45 desk set shown "Graduation Gifts from Parker"
$7
PKR-417
pkr ad

July 28, 1947, Full Color, 11"x14 inches, Parker Superchrome Ink, blue & white canister bottle, rainbow, Parker 51 fountain pen, "NEW! The most brilliant ink in the History of Writing"
$10
PKR-448
pkr ad

1979, full color, 7x10 inches, Parker Classic Imperial Ball Pen, “The Mark of Distinction”.
$5
PKR-699
pkr ad

1963, 7x10, B&W, Nat Geographic, Parker VP, adjustable nib is illustrated in a close up view across the top, full pen illustrated across bottom of ad. Caption reads "Dial the writing angle to suit your style"
$5
PKR-731
pkr ad

Parker 75 and Classic advert, ca. 1977, black and white, 6.75 x 10 inches, “Give your hand a promotion”. Parker 75 sterling silver ballpen and Slim Parker Classic ballpen illustrated.
$5
PKR-735
pkr ad

Parker Advertisement, August 17, 1940, Saturday Evening Post, 10x14 inches, full color. “Nice Work and you can do it with Parker’s Surprising new Writefine Pencil”. Three different colors of Writefine pencils, Writefine pencil leads, Parker Vacumatic fountain pen and pencil set, accounting papers.
$10


Parker Sheaffer Waterman Others
Esterbrook Wahl-Eversharp Carter's






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