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Paper2157 of 2449R.M.S. "Carpathia" Soldiers TicketCa. 1932 Frederick E Loxley Circus Scrapbook
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Posted 6 years ago


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I don't know why I kept this... I just couldn't bring myself to throw it away. I was wondering, what part of a pen fits into a flat envelope? I like the graphics also. Now I want a Swan pen. I didn't even know birds could write...How Bird Brained of me. Ha-Ha.


  1. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    Interesting history on them . Maybe this was a order form ? Love the graphics
    Swan Pens
    Henry Todd and John Mabie started in business in New York City about 1845. they were joined by J. S. Bard in 1873 to form Mabie Todd & Bard. Initially the firm mass produced pen holders and pencil cases. Production of fountain pens began in the US in 1878 and in the UK only 6 years later. They were able to utilise the firms advanced production facilities to produce highly decorative pens which were an immediate success.
    Following the departure of J.S.Bard in 1906 the firm was renamed to the familiar Mabie Todd. The famous Swan trademark was developed in 1909 as the firm began production in the UK. Following the demise of the US operation the business was switched entirely to the UK

    Around 1923, the firm began production of its line of “Eternal” pens. These offered a lifetime warranty to match those of the American competition. The Leverless pens appeared in 1932 and were produced alongside the famous self-filling (lever operated) models until well after the war despite both the factory and the companies headquarters being destroyed during the blitz. In 1946 pen production resumed in new facilities in Park Royal. In 1948 the company made a public offering of its shares in order to raise capital but the results were disappointing. Biro purchased a controlling block of the shares in 1952 and renamed the firm Biro-Swan. New models were introduced as were ball pens of Biro design but the post war decline in fountain pen sales everywhere doomed the enterprise and Biro-Swan was closed about 1960.
  2. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    Wow. Manikin, you are awsome! Thank-You. I know some of my family traveled to London in the late 1920's early 30's. This was in the wooden boxes with other travel postcards, photos, brochures. I wonder where the pens are? I'll go back and look. Thank-You!
  3. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    Yes find the pens they have a lifetime warrenty :-) Glad to help !
  4. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    AR8Jason, I am so happy that you gave me that info!!! I looked, and guess what I saw! It's my pen that I adore so much! You are wonderful! Mine is engraved 0n top w/ initials of my greatgreatGrandmother '12. Amazing, Thank-you.
  5. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    If I may ask, Why do they call these eyedropper pens?
  6. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    Goodness. I am so glad that I found this pen before it was thrown away!
    And, thank-you for eyedropper explanation, now I SEE the connection.
    (corny,yes,but I could not resist)
    I certainly do appreciate all your comments, You are generous in sharing your knowledge, and I am very grateful!
  7. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    Thank-You for advice, Yes I keep it in locked desk drawer, w/ key out of reach. I have bad habit of wanting to play with these things. No good ever comes of that, I have found I am too curious of how things work and a bit clumsy!

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