Seen in the wild

Paper and Pen

My first order from Papier und Stift (translation: Paper and pen) came in. This online shop’s focus is on fountain pens, but there is also a nice selection of non-fountain-pen-stationery.

The main trigger for my order were notebooks with Tomoe River paper, but I couldn’t resist adding a few other small items. I also ordered their ‘magazine’ for €1, which is more of a catalogue than a magazine and features a selection of nice stationery they sell.

The ‘magazine’ reminds me to some extent of a catalogue I got from Carta Pura many years ago.

I scanned my 2010 Carta Pura catalogue recently and hope the company doesn’t mind me sharing it here. I will of course remove it if requested. Your browser should display the pdf below.
In case you wonder: I was very happy with my order and the delivery times.

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Empire of the Sum: The Rise and Reign of the Pocket Calculator

My wife made me aware of an interesting book that will be published next month: Empire of the Sum: The Rise and Reign of the Pocket Calculator. The author, Keith Houston, author of “Shady Characters”, has been mentioned on Bleistift before.

You can find out more about the book in this article by the economist: How the pocket calculator paved the way for the digital age.

A random photo of one of my calculators

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If you are based in North West England then Manchester’s first StationeryFest on 1st July 2023 might be of interest to you.

It’s in the Manchester Central Convention Complex (that’s just the new name for what most of us call the GMEX).

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find a lot of information about the companies that will be there, but the website shows that there will be over 40 stallholders as well as stationery related presentations.

Just a random-ish photo from a previous blog post about analog. shop because I don’t have any StationeryFest images

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