Parker Vacumatic

1953
About This Model

Vacumatics were Parker’s main product from 1933-1948, with overlaps representing the generation between the 1920s-30s Duofolds and the 1940s-50s 51s. As with every major generation of Parkers, the Vacumatics introduced significant product enhancement and innovation. “Vacs” were the first major vacuum filler, with a sealed pump pulling ink into the pen’s barrel. To see the ink, Vacumatic barrels were made with transparent celluloid, the transparent portions in narrow rings alternating with black and colored opaque rings. Finally, Parker’s own arrow clip first appeared with the Vacumatic. Over the years, they were produced in a wide variety of sizes, colors, patterns, and in three generations of pump technology. Today, Vacs have proven their durability by the vast number that are still available for restoration and new use.  Good, durable, attractive pens.

About This Pen

This is a 3rd Generation Vac, made in Canada in 1953. Although Vac manufacturing ended in the US in 1948, Canadian and other factories continued making them for five years, presumably to use up parts. This pen is a Major, 5⅛” long, in laminated Golden Brown. Although very attractive, it shows some use, and there is one noticeable but not disfiguring divot on the barrel. The Vacumatic imprint is complete, barely; the “53” is legible. It writes a typical firm but not stiff fine/medium line. A workhorse pen, can be an everyday writer forever.

Price: $89