Parker Vacumatic Set

1947
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 third generation Laminated Azure Blue Junior set is identified by its rounded, jewel-less blind cap and “split arrow” clip and plastic plunger. 1947 Junior model, denoted by its two gold cap rings and capped length of 5”, a hair shorter than the Standard. It restored very nicely, but shows its use, although there are no significant scratches or nicks.  There is a narrow band of transparency in the barrel. The nib is correct and original, and writes a typical firm F/XF. The gold trim is very clean and untarnished.

The set’s pencil appears to have never been used. Its celluloid is perfectly clean and unmarked; the trim is perfect. The pencil has a fresh .9mm lead and works; the eraser has not been tested.

This pen is not for sale.