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p.1 #1 · #103 Before GPS, Smart Phones, and BIC Pens...


... Navigation was done by stars. The sextant is from the turn of the (20th) century. It was my grandfather's - he was a navigator in the Italian merchants. Despite my screen name, I don't know how to use it.

... Text messaging was done by telegraph key and Morse code. The key is a WWII vintage J-38, and I still use it to send 'true digital', 'text messages'.

... The Fountain pen preceded the click and write ball point. While this Parker isn't exactly old, the technology that makes it work surely is. And yes, I use the pen.

Thanks for looking,

Gregg



Gregg Buonomo 2012


Sextant, telegraph key, and fountain pen...




Nov 18, 2012 at 11:10 PM
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p.1 #2 · #103 Before GPS, Smart Phones, and BIC Pens...


Nice representative view of obscure technology (Except maybe the pen) Good luck, Jim


Nov 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM
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p.1 #3 · #103 Before GPS, Smart Phones, and BIC Pens...


Thanks Jim. It's amazing how far we've come in navigation and communication.


Nov 22, 2012 at 02:07 PM
 

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p.1 #4 · #103 Before GPS, Smart Phones, and BIC Pens...


Nicely composed!


Nov 26, 2012 at 08:30 PM
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p.1 #5 · #103 Before GPS, Smart Phones, and BIC Pens...


the fountain pen is still the best writing instrument devised.

Larry



Dec 15, 2012 at 08:24 PM
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p.1 #6 · #103 Before GPS, Smart Phones, and BIC Pens...


44lefty wrote:
the fountain pen is still the best writing instrument devised.

Larry



I agree - takes a little getting used to, but a fine instrument indeed.



Dec 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM





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