at the bottom of a bag of miscellaneous junk i’ve been sorting, i found a bunch of pens. as one would expect.
i dutifully went through and scribbled each one on the back of an A4 envelope from the ‘chuck’ pile; addressed to me with a 45c and a 49c stamp. the top left corner is enblazoned:
Ph: 02 0850 7629
Fax: 02 9850 7633
UNION IS STRENGTH
aaah. over the flap is a circular stamp in blue:
THE WOMEN’S DEPT
the date is 06/06/01.
but i digress. even deeper into trivial nostalgia, of all the pens i tried, there were several i recognised from a home show in the late eighties or early nineties. they say
TNT Air Couriers
the system? i don’t suppose i’ll ever find out why they thought that was a good byline. i assume the company has disappeared, certainly i know the twin TNT buildings with the overpass have displayed a more forgettable acronym for many years now.
but the pens still work. each and every one.
the big green felt tip called
G. of A. Permagraf
is also going strong.