Georgia Pen Collector, Rich Lapin

A ridiculously pompous article title for a profile of a collector, who I suspect some of our friends know as he’s a member of the local Atlanta pen collecting group.  Also interesting how there is (according to the author) a strong theme of presidential pens in Mr. Lapin’s collection.

The Power of the Pen Seals Many Deals and Opens New Historical Chapters

You don’t have to convince Dunwoody resident Rich Lapin of the “power of the pen.” He’s been collecting – though he readily admits that it’s more a habit of “accumulating” pens — since the early 1980s.

His collection has grown to include about 115 fountain pens “of all makes,” he told Global Atlanta, and “probably seven to eight times that many ballpoints, a lot of which are fun and functional but not collectible.”

“My collection is an amalgamation of fountain pens, ballpoints pens, rollerball pens and mechanical pencils,” he added. “The focus of my efforts is primarily on ballpoints and secondarily on fountain pens.”

“Typically, I focus on vintage American brands, Parker and Sheaffer, that were made between the 1930s and the 1970s. I also have foreign brands like Montblanc, Pelikan, Lamy, Waterman, Aurora, Montegrappa, Delta and Visconti, among others.”

While collecting these writing instruments, he’s also become knowledgeable about the historic role that pens have played in U.S. history, sometimes responsible for the writing of new chapters of history….

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