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
I’m very fond of the azure Parker Vacumatics, and luckily already own one… this example is either a Junior or a Major from the 3rd quarter of 1947, near the end of Vacumatic production. The equivocal measurements arise from the fact that its actual measurements are between the two models. It is a very nice user pen, with some use wear that didn’t readily polish out; however, it’s shiny and bright and looks great. The cap is the earlier split arrow design, which could likely either mean that it is not the original cap or that Parker was using up parts by 1947 and gave this pen this cap. The pen writes a beautiful wet full medium, not the normal firm fine. It is not a flex pen, but there is a softness in the writing. A nice Vac, can take years of serious use. Enjoy it!