Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I is for Ink: ABC Wednesday Round #3

As time passes, habits change and technology advances; and these bottles of ink shown here are not often sought after items on store shelves anymore. When first being introduced to handwriting with pen and ink, an ink blotter was often a student's best friend. And if I had of had an option to choosing my own ink colour I think it would have been Tropic Green which would have caught my eye, however Washable Blue would probably have been the desired choice of parents. These bottles of ink shown here represent a variety of choices and colours; one of which I find quite surprising is Perma -nent Brown. However, my memories and the use of pen and ink are very faint for before I had been in school for very long the cartridge pen and ball point pens were introduced, and the demand for bottles of ink was in a decline.
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My appreciation and thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt's Place for hosting ABC Wednesday Round 3. To view more ABC Wednesday posts via Mr. Linky please click HERE. For viewing the new format of ABC Wednesday Round 3 where all posts can be seen in the same place, please click HERE.

25 comments:

Mary said...

This is fascinating! Is this your own collection? What an array of colors! I loved all those pens you showed earlier. My main memory of ink is my dad's drafting pens....which he tried to teach me to use and which I was not too handy with. I guess I always used ballpoints. I still prefer a pen to a pencil and I always use pens for everything. I use permanant ink pens on my quilts sometimes...especially on labels.

me ann my camera said...

mary:
These bottles of ink and the Fountain Pens posted earlier for 'F', are all part of my husband's collection. Glad that you enjoy them; I am always fascinated with coloured inks and markers and crayons too.

Granny Smith said...

What a fascinating collection! I used a scratchy simple pen through the sixth grade, at which time my father gave me a fountain with squared-off ends and a tank that needed frequent filling from those same ink bottles. And, in either case, the choice was washable blue.

Aileni said...

That's very good. I gave all mine to my sons. There must have been twenty pots.

leslie said...

Intriguing collection of inks. I learned how to write using a nib pen and ink - way back when! lol

babooshka said...

What a lovely thing to collect. Interesting and imaginative post.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

Wow! Why didn't I think of INK? My drawing board is right behind the computer and I use ink to make my entries! Next time. . .

There is still a lot of great inks available and pens to go with them! Some of the pens are quite pricey, though!

Island Rambles Blog said...

Hi there Me ann my camera girl..I love all the ink bottles..I like this other site of yours...this is fun... Really great post for ABC.I did my first ABC post today and I don't think I did it right. there seems to be another ABC site oh dear...

photowannabe said...

Terrific ink bottles with so many colors. We were on the same wave length with our posts. I posted about ink too.

Petrus said...

I love to write with a fountain pen and old fashioned ink - it can be messy when trying to fill your pen with ink - lots of kitchen roll required !

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Oh this is a wonderful and neat collection of inks... I love to do calligraphy so ink is a necessity for me... nice post!
Mountain Retreat

Reader Wil said...

These photos are very beautiful and their composition is really perfect. I remember that when I taught for the first time my pupils used pens and ink, with all little accidents like ink on clothes and pens that were broken. Lateron they were allowed to use biros.

ayamlin said...

Hello!
I'm Aya!
I really like your ink collections!
They have really good design!
By the way I love Canada!
Actually I've been to Canada three times. Canadian people are really nice to people and bright.
I really like Canadian:)
I'm more than delighted to meet you on the blog:)

Dulce said...

I still remember of this small bottles but I have none. You have a big collection of them.
Great idea!

Gordon said...

A great collection you have there. I remember the phases too; nib and ink, fountain pen, ball point pen, back to nib and ink for mapping and again when I tried calligraphy.

Daryl said...

I owned a bottle of Tropic Green... and I learned to write very carefully because being left handed meant I could and often did smear what I had just written

Thanks for your nice comments on my Photoshopped swans
:-Daryl

Bear Naked said...

This post and the photos of ink bottles have brought back many memories of grade school and learning to write.
Great idea for the letter I.

Bear((( )))

Brian said...

What a fascinating Blog, all the colors and inks this is stunning.

Thank for you comments on my "I" blog

Tommy V said...

great post for the "I"

DeeJay said...

I used to like Permanent Black
I must get my fountain pen out again and Be Different!

mrsnesbitt said...

I love using a fountain pen, always makes me write the neatest I can!

Great INVENTIVE post! LOL!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

lovely, writing with pen and ink, and books are my favourites... lovely post

starnitesky said...

How lovely to have all those inks, when we were at school we had to learn to write with pen and ink, I can still remember the smell of the ink.

Geraldine said...

What a wonderful collection Ann. I loved writing with cartridge and fountain pens although my penmanship is in need of HELP!!! LOL.

Great post. G

Mary said...

Ann: He has a wonderful collection! You mentioned crayons...when Crayola retired some colors and brought out new ones, I thought a plastic boxed set with all of them. I was determined not to use them (but since have in desperation for a crayon). Nostalgia turns us all into collectors of something.