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It’s Written in Your Hands …

by | Jan 26, 2012 | Uncategorized | 12 comments

Here’s a lovely advertising insert from a vintage Pelikan typewriter ribbon. (Thanks to Bill M for the tip on it!) What a luscious product: a bakelite round box with a golden top that unscrews, embossed with the Pelikan logo; a metal Olivetti spool wrapped in foil, again with the logo; a clever uninked end of the silk ribbon; and best of all, this fanfold advertising. Unwrapping this ribbon was like unwrapping gourmet chocolate. I would guess that this dates from the early ’60s; how about you?

12 Comments

  1. Cameron

    This is fascinating! I love the color scheme with the few bold shades. Who would have thought that a little advertising insert is actually a work of art? Back in the day!

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  2. Adwoa

    Beautiful ad! Is that a Studio 44 the lady is typing on? Looks just like one.

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  3. Ton S.

    @Adwoa, you are right! Impressive, you just identified a typewriter from a rather vague illustration. True to form!

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  4. Elizabeth H.

    Fascinating! All the more so because I hadn't realized Pelikan made ribbons.

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  5. Crystal

    Pretty! They don't make advertisements like that for office supplies anymore. Then again, I wonder how many would be appreciative of it.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Mike Speegle

    Nice! Too bad more advertisements don't have illustrations these days…

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  7. Miguel Chávez

    Wow, amazing! Must have been like opening a time capsule. And those old-fashioned advertisment inserts, which back in the day were simply thrown away, are now some very colorful and enjoyable pieces of memorabilia. Wish I had saved some of the good-looking packages of yore…

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  8. Fernando Antunes

    Pretty good! In those days the advertisements were really fantastic.

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