1940s Parsons Desk Calendar

It was my birthday on Friday, and a few of my lovely friends went down the same route with presents and I ended up with several amazing vintage stationery pieces. I wanted to share these items with you, and I’m starting with this Parsons Desk Calendar which Ashley bought me.

Here it is in all it’s glory on my old school desk, accompanied by some of my birthday cards (stationery and cats… That’s a given)

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And here’s a close up, you turn the wheels on either side to change the date, like so:

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I’m told it’s 1940s. I done a bit of searching and I can’t find anything out about Parsons… Not sure if it was a stationery company, or a different kind of company that gave these out as promotional gifts. Does anyone by any chance know anything about them??

Either way, I think it’s completely gorgeous and it’ll definitely have it’s place on my future dream desk 🙂

Thanks Ash! x

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Flea Market Finds #3: Wooden & Brass Extension Rule

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The last item I bought from Williamsburg Flea Market was this wooden and brass extension rule, which I got for $4. There were quite a few of these in the market, so they can’t be that rare, but this was the only one I saw with a brass inlay, and I really liked that detail.

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From what I can tell, it is a carpenter’s rule (I suppose strictly speaking that doesn’t make it stationery, but forgive me…), I guess from before tape measures, so that they could easily carry around their measuring tool. It’s 72 inches, which puzzled me for a while, and then I realised that is 2 yards.

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I suppose there isn’t a huge amount else to say about this item, except that it looks nice, and you can make fun shapes with it…
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Flea Market Finds #2: NFL Pencils by Faber Castell

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I got these NFL Team Pencils by Faber Castell at Williamsburg flea market for $7.

Now, in case you’re not American or a sports fan, just to clarify, NFL is the National Football League (American football that is, not PROPER football). 

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As with the dip pens, I’m not sure when they’re from, but judging by other similar sets on eBay, I think they’re late 70s/early 80s. Definitely before 1985 anyway, as the price tag says they were bought from Jefferson Ward, which a little googling told me was a Florida based department store, which closed down in 1985.

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My set is missing 4 pencils, and I have no idea which ones are missing, which is a shame… But it’s a pretty cool set nonetheless, don’t you think?
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I really like how the metallic ones have faded in the sun:
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The other thing that intrigues me is the initials which are embossed into the tips of the pencils, AA, etc.. I wondered if they were who made the pencil? Or checked them in the factory? Does anyone know what they could be?

Flea Market Finds #1: Antique Advertising Dip Pens

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I got these 2 for $4! All the guy said was that they were OLD. They’re wooden advertising dip pens and I haven’t had much luck finding out when they’re from. I reckon maybe 1920s or 30s.

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The captions are brilliant:

Hotel Morgan
Only Fireproof Hotel In The City
Morgantown, W. VA.

Ask For
Butter-Nut Bread
Rich As Butter
Sweet As A Nut
At All Leading Grocers

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I’ve never had a dip pen before so I had to take a little trip to an art shop to get some ink. I went with a basic black ink from Winsor & Newton, £3.19 from Atlantis Art.

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It was SO nice to write with! Kind of scratchy, but I liked it, and it made a really satisfying sound. It was quite different from a normal fountain pen.

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Does anyone know anything more about these pens? Or when they’re from? I’d love to know.

Tomorrow’s post will be about some 1980s (ish, I think) NFL Pencils by Faber Castell.

Williamsburg Flea Market

Last NYC post for a while I promise!! But before I shut up about my trip, I just wanted to share my  visit to the Williamsburg Flea Market.

On our last day we got the subway over to Brooklyn, specifically Williamsburg, and wandered around the shops, before having brunch cocktails at The Bedford, and tipsily heading to the flea market for a rummage.

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It wasn’t  as big as I was expecting it would be but there was still plenty to see. In fact, I think if there was any more it would have been a bit overwhelming.
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There was so much great stuff to look through, in fact it was quite good knowing I was just looking for stationery or I wouldn’t have known where to start! I also ate  GREAT doughnut, but that’s by the by (seriously though, it was amazing).

I only spent $15 but I found some really interesting things. I was going to put them all in this post, but I think each one has a bit of a story and shoving them all in here wouldn’t do them justice, so over a few days next week, I’ll share them with you…

Flea Market Finds #1: Antique Advertising Dip Pens
Flea Market Finds #2: NFL Pencils by Faber Castell
Flea Market Finds #3: Wooden & Brass Extendable Rule