Fountain pens harken back to a bygone era and stir up associations of vintage appeal and simpler times. But some designs, in particular, exude and embody the style of a certain time period. Whitney, one of our product photographers, was quite inspired by this idea and cultivated this hearty list of pens that mimic the style of time periods throughout the 20th century. While these pens are not specifically vintage, we felt that the essence of each pen’s design highlighted or presented a certain part of each time period’s aura. Read on to see which pens we’ve chosen.
The 1900’s to the 1920’s: Ornate & Decorative
A keen interest in decorative designs thrived in the early part of the 20th century. Beginning with the simple crafted designs of the early 1900s, through the stylistic botanical forms of Art Nouveau in the 1910s, and culminating in the glamorous Art Deco designs of the 1920s, this was a time of attention to detail. The pens we included have an appealing design and tasteful details that accentuate each pen perfectly.
- Conklin Duragraph in Forest Green
- Monteverde Invincia in Rose Gold
- Platinum #3776 Century in Bourgogne
- Platinum Refillable Carbon Fountain Desk Pen
The 1930’s through the 1950’s: Conservative and Utilitarian
Whereas the previous 30 years focused on the beauty of design, the era of the Great Depression and World War II focused on utility and function. Times were tough and products were admired for their quality and durability early in this timeframe. In the Post-War era, with the advent of mass production, color and uniformity entered the equation. The pens we chose for this period feature subtle, clean lines and sturdy materials.
- Aurora Duo Cart in Bordeaux/Gold
- Conklin Herringbone in Navy Blue
- Edison Pearlette in Canyon Trail
- Edison Nouveau Premiere in Cappuccino
- Pilot E95S in Black
The 1960’s through the 1980’s: Artistic and Rebellious
Hailing in an era that broke from the norm, this time period is characterized by daring designs and exploring new frontiers. From space exploration to rock and roll and psychedelic imagery, plus an explosion of sub-cultures with their own distinct style, there was no shortage of style and color in these years. The pens we chose aim to reflect the diverse designs and popular hues of these times.
- Conklin All-American in Brownstone
- Kaweco Perkeo in Old Chambray
- Noodler’s Neponset in Teal
- Pelikan M400 Tortoiseshell Brown
- Pilot Vanishing Point Decimo in Champagne
The 1990’s through the 2010’s: Tech and Earth Savvy
Largely influenced by the astounding technology boom of the last few decades, this time span cultivated an appreciation for minimalistic design, coupled with individuality, functionality, and sustainability. There is an interesting blend of high tech and craftsmanship that comes to symbolize these years, a love of all things new and advanced, while still striving to reduce waste and appreciate the value of the handcrafted things. The pens in this collection possess a bold, colorful, and modern quality that characterizes this unique time in history.
- Caran d’Ache 849 in Pink Fluo
- Karas Kustoms Fountain K in Blue Aluminum
- LAMY 2000 in Stainless Steel
- Monteverde Monza in Gray Sky
- Platinum Preppy in Green
- TWSBI Eco Clear
Throughout all of these decades and changes in fashion, one thing remains true, the art of writing is a timeless endeavor and lives on through the ages. No matter what your style or how fashion influences designs, it is important that we keep the appreciation for writing alive by continuing to use these fine writing instruments and sharing them on through the generations.
What pen would you choose as the embodiment of your favorite historical era?
The Goulet Pen Company Team