Spotlight on Collections

Posted on February 28th, 2013 by

Did you ever think about a museum having pens and pencils in their collection?  We do!  Sometimes pens or pencils can mark a significant event or they may be evidence of company that no longer exists.

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Pen used by Harry Hughes, Governor, in signing House Bill 705, now Chapter 440 of the Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland, 1983.  The bill was to restore B'nai Israel Synagogue. Courtesy of Harry Hughes. 1983.51.1.

Pen used by Harry Hughes, Governor, in signing House Bill 705, now Chapter 440 of the Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland, 1983. The bill was to restore B'nai Israel Synagogue. Courtesy of Harry Hughes. 1983.51.1.

Pen used by Mayor William Donald Schaefer to sign ordinances for the Jewish Heritage Center, with yellow and black ribbon attached. Pens are attached to an envelope. Courtesy of William Donald Schaefer. 1984.61.1.

Pen used by Mayor William Donald Schaefer to sign ordinances for the Jewish Heritage Center, with yellow and black ribbon attached. Pens are attached to an envelope. Courtesy of William Donald Schaefer. 1984.61.1.

Black and gold fountain pen with the initials “M.R.” engraved on it which belonged to Michael Rosenfeld. Michael Rosenfeld was part owner of the New York Clothing House on Baltimore Street near the northeast corner of St. Paul Street. He also operated a factory for men's and boy's clothing and outfitted the streetcar employees, the firemen and the police. Courtesy of Louise Millhauser. 1989.164.1

Two pencils from the American Silk Co. White exterior with advertising. “Est. 1875 See AMERICAN First, 425 4th Ave., N.Y./ American Silk Label (picture of Eagle) MANUFACTURING CO./ WOVEN Labels of Every Description/ Rep. by __ M. Blout/ 110 W. Fayette Street., Baltimore 1, MD. Pencils are sharpened and have brass ends holding the erasers. Courtesy of Philip Kahn. 1991.5.3ab.

One of three pens from the Rogers Avenue Synagogue Brotherhood,  Fathers Day, 1984. Gold colored metal, ball points.  Courtesy of Morris Cohen. 1993.52.223a.

One of three pens from the Rogers Avenue Synagogue Brotherhood, Fathers Day, 1984. Gold colored metal, ball points. Courtesy of Morris Cohen. 1993.52.223a.

Unused yellow wooden pencil stamped in black “FROM THE DESK OF MARVIN MANDEL GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND”, 1969-1976. Courtesy of Linda F. and Julian L. Lapides. 1994.63.23.

Sterling silver pen, with push button end for retractable ball point, central portion of cylinder engraved in a decorative design representing the Tribes of Israel, front portion unscrews to change ink refill.  Courtesy of William Saxon, Jr.  1994.78.2

Sterling silver pen, with push button end for retractable ball point, central portion of cylinder engraved in a decorative design representing the Tribes of Israel, front portion unscrews to change ink refill. Courtesy of William Saxon, Jr. 1994.78.2

White plastic pen with blue details imprinting, Celebrate Israel @ 60 in Baltimore with double-sided pull-out scroll with information about www.israel60baltimore.com and facts about Israel.  Courtesy of Duke Zimmerman. 2008.40.1.

White plastic pen with blue details imprinting, Celebrate Israel @ 60 in Baltimore with double-sided pull-out scroll with information about www.israel60baltimore.com and facts about Israel. Courtesy of Duke Zimmerman. 2008.40.1.

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