Flair Felt Pens

January 17, 2010

Flair felt tip pens like I remember them!

Don’t you just love Wikipedia?  They have the entire history of pens there! What I learned there is that my memory is correct: Flair felt tip pens were the first felt tip markers to come to the United States in the 1960’s and were an immediate hit.  The fiber tip pen was invented by Yukio Horie for the Tokyo Stationary Company.    I have to tell you that it was an interesting time as a young artist to be introduced to those pens.  We had not had such an array of colors in a pen before so imagine a time with just just black or blue ink fountain pens or ballpoint pens.  You could get different colored cartridges for the Schaeffer fountain pens but who wanted to change colors every time you drew some different colored thing?  It was a big mess to change a cartridge before it was empty in a fountain pen so we would sketch the entire picture and then color things in one color at a time, using up all of a cartridge before moving onto the next color.  What a dull drawing world that was!  The only other way to draw in color was  with colored pencils or crayons.  The options were limited for ink drawings.  But you know what?  We drew anyway.

I still have some of the folders and newsprint tablets we used when I was in Jr. High and there are Flair pen drawings all over them – very psychedelic stuff, too.   It was the day of ‘Flower Power’ after all.   And of course, I still have my purple Flair pen from Jr. High and it still works sorta.  It’s only 39 years old and there is still some good ink in there…

Someday I’ll tell you about the plans we made for a sit-in in the principle’s office…


2 Responses to “Flair Felt Pens”

  1. Dave said

    I love Flair pens. Have been using them since late 1960s. Only kind of pen I use.

  2. Guitartec said

    Anyone know the exact year the black Flair came to the USA? This info would help verify a Beatles multi-autograph done on an acoustic guitar on the show Pawnstars. The autographs and the guitar both have attributes that lend it to being a forgery, but it’s not definitive.

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