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“Free Pen” Offer

Maker: Wearever.

Spend a dollar, get twelve cartridges full of ink, and as a special bonus, a pen to put them into; what a deal!  I expect this is roughly contemporary with a similar package seen at the bottom of my Sheaffer cartridge pen page, but the difference in emphasis is suggestive of the two companies’ different perspectives.  To Sheaffer, the ink is a throwaway, while to Wearever, it’s the pen.

Production Run: Somewhere between 1955 and 1965, as a guess

Cost When New: $1.00 (for modern value, try this calculator).

Size: I’m not unwrapping it to do the measurements.

Point: Steel, semi-hooded.

Body: Plastic.

Filler: Cartridge, capacity approx. 0.9 ml.

The offer in all its glory. The dictionary offered also costs a dollar, and one is told specifically to send cash in the mail; what a different time!

I include this shot as a means of comparing this pen’s size to others; here it is to scale with the other portraits on the site



If you are relying on the preceding information to win a bet or impress a teacher, you should read the site’s scholarly caveat. Remember, this is the internet, and it’s full of bad information.

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