You might think that if you've seen one pen, you've seen them all. But those who attended last month's Philadelphia Pen Show know otherwise!
The annual trade show, which takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, celebrates the convergence of history and pens, as evidenced by the show's tagline: "Where history and pen lovers meet."
This year's event was sponsored by Visconti Pens, a Florence, Italy-based pen company, and was hugely successful. According to the Philadelphia Pen Show's Web site, the tradeshow is "considered by many to be the third or fourth largest pen shows in the U.S."
Attendees had the opportunity to participate in calligraphy classes, sit in on educational pen seminars, and browse through collections of vintage fountain pens. According to a press release, "This year's theme pen [was] the Istos Aracnis or 'Spider' Fountain Pen, a limited edition pen of 888 pieces that has a suggested retail price of $1,950."