today's MUG 04.17.15

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Fountain Pen Hospital
the skint

Obamacare will not, sadly, cover your ailing Omas nor nib replacement surgery for your old Mabie Todd.

Fountain Pen Hospital 10 Warren St. [Church/ Bway] 212.964.0580, will, however, restore your beloved writing instrument to fine fettle. They can also sell you a new pen from a simple Cross gel to a limited-edition Montblanc to a 14k solid gold Wahl Eversharp Skyline.

Al Wiederlight founded FPH in 1946 with his son, Phil. After ballpoint pens were introduced, particularly the Parker Jotter in the 1950s, fountain pens began to lose their place as a beloved accessory and the company had to resort to unseemly tactics—like selling office supplies—to stay in business.

In spite of the fact that most people communicate digitally now, or perhaps because of it, there's been a resurgence in interest and use of fountain pens.

Phil's sons, Terry and Steve, are running the operation and business is thriving. In the last few years they've undergone a renovation inside and out, so they can showcase the pens in the style they deserve.

The Hospital has had many famous customers over the years from Ernest Hemingway to Meryl Streep. They have the same phone number they've had for decades, when it was written WOrth 4-0580. Visiting hours are Monday through Friday.







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