Vintage Pens: Esterbrook LJ-1555

Vintage Pens: 2056 Esterbrook LJ-1555
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Remember stenographers? If not, they were human recording devices...in flesh and blood...before tape and digital recorders were invented. They learned a special writing style called shorthand, and they could write everything a person talking to them said just as fast as the words came out of their mouth. One of the shorthand methods that was popular was called the Gregg method. This Esterbrook LJ fountain pen from the 1950s comes with a special steel 1555 Gregg nib, which likely guarantees this pen once belonged to a stenographer, secretary or reporter. LJ models were intended for women. It is fun to imagine who might have used this steel grey pen. We restored it with a new ink sac, and there are no cracks--just light wear and a brown spot on the section. The nib writes a firm but smooth extra-fine line. 11.9cm capped.