‘Every Pen, A Pleasure.’

30 May, 2018
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Facades: Bombay Pen Corner

Hornby Road, Fort, presently Dadabhai Naoroji {D.N.} Road.

By the 20th century, fountain pens in Bombay were edging out ‘fickle’ steel pens, promising greater satisfaction, velvet smooth points of solid gold and the best hard rubber holders.

The Crown Fountain Pen appealed to the preacher and teacher. The Blackbird Fountain Pen was for boys. The Swan when the boys got older. And the stylish Parker Vacumatic, when they joined the jet set.

Indeed, it was pens that made boys into men, teaching them about ‘satisfaction’ and ‘safety’, ‘performance’ and ‘pleasure’.

Finding that D. N. Road is now dominated by women, the Bombay Pen Corner has moved on from pens to making name plates and rubber stamps.

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2 thoughts on “‘Every Pen, A Pleasure.’

  1. Simran Jeet

    The New is in. It is the Law of Nature. I like the ‘Old Board’ written with Paint Colours. Now the Paint colours have been replaced by the Glow Sign Boards. But this painted board shows the old glory of olden days. After All ‘Old is Gold’ If it had been a Signboard, it could have lost its colours by now.

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