This Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day so let’s celebrate our home planet with a contest. It’s easy to take part in this contest. All you have to do is comment with an answer to this question: how are you making the earth more sustainable? Answer this question below in the comments or on any of our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter). Enter once per platform.
Three lucky winners will be drawn at random to win either a Buzz, a Smithsonian Hummingbirds & Flowers or a Smithsonian Raven Steals the Sun. Contest closes Friday 4/22/22 at 9 am Central. You may only win once. Winners will be drawn and announced on Friday and notified via social media. Good luck!
Thank you to everyone that took part in the Earth Day contest. There was a lot of great entries and ideas for making our home more sustainable. Congratulations to Tana V., Melissa E. and Patty, the three drawn winners. Happy Earth Day!
This Sunday, March 27th, is National Scribble Day. We know Retro fans are creative, but not everyone can draw so how about a scribble contest. To enter the contest, just do the following:
Scribble/draw/doodle something and then take a photo of the Retro51 pen (fountain, rollerball, ballpoint or pencil) you are currently using next to it. (If you don’t have a Retro51, handwrite “Help me I am writing with an Ugly Pen!” next to your scribble).
One entry per person, per day (one day = from noon till 11:59 am the following day – central time). The photo must be different for each day/entry. You can enter once daily, but you may only win once. Entry cut off is 9 am Central 3/28.
One winner will be chosen each day by random number generator with all three winners announced on Monday, March 28th via our social channels.
Three lucky scribblers will win the new USPS Route Master (MSRP $59).
Good luck & thanks for entering!
Congratulations to our three winners of the National Scribble Day contest: Linda, Daniel and Andrea. Thank you to everyone that entered the contest. We enjoyed seeing all the fun “scribbles.”
Retro 51 is proud to partner with the United States Postal Service on a collection of licensed writing instruments! The Holiday stamp is the first design to start this new licensed collection.
Plus, scroll down to see the new Douglass 3-Piece Gift Set!
Celebrate the holidays with this festive new Tornado. Inspired by folk art but with a modern graphic vibe, these charming rollerball pens will add a touch of whimsy to your holiday mailings.
This Retro51 Tornado rollerball pen features the 2020 USPS Holiday Stamp art silkscreened on the stainless-steel barrel and finished with a gloss varnish complimented by the polished chrome trim. Each Tornado’s top ring features an engraved USPS logo plus the pens’ limited-edition number engraved of 1225 pieces. Finally, each pen is topped with a graphic finial with one more snowflake looking up at you when it’s stored upright in your pocket or purse. The Retro51 licensed pen comes within a commemorative USPS packaging tube that not only stores your Retro, but also can be used as a pen stand on your desk when not in use. Pick up this festive rollerball just in time to write your holiday letters or gift to friends and family!
With a traditional palette of red, green and white, illustrator Kirsten Ulve channeled her love of Christmas, vintage ornaments and Scandinavian folk art to create unique digital illustrations of four holiday icons: a prancing reindeer with antlers; an ornament tied with a bow and ready to hang; a tree topped with a star; and a stocking holding a teddy bear and a sprig of holly.
Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps.
NEW Douglass 3-Piece Gift Set
With its tactile computer engraved texture on stonewashed pewter finish, the Douglass writing instruments have become a favorite design of 2021. For the first time, a 3-piece pen set complete with matching rollerball, 1.15 mm pencil and fountain pen are now available in a sturdy gift box that doubles as a pen case with secure magnetic closure. Joining the smooth rollerball are a matching 1.15 mm pencil and fountain pen (with select nib options) with extra lead, erasers and fountain converter stored inside. The famous abolitionist and orator’s portrait is on the rollerball and fountain pen finial plus on this trio set’s magnetic box packaging. Hours of writing delight awaits you or fortunate gift recipient with this new writing set.
Order Details: Order at your favorite Retro51 Dealer or contact us if you need any help finding one. Dealers can also be found on the Retro51 website through this link: Dealer Near You.
Thank you from the Retro51 Team and Happy Holidays!
This coming Friday, November 5th, is National Fountain Pen Day. In honor of this special day for penthusiasts, we will be giving away three new Raw Brass Tornado Fountain Pens. Here is how to enter the contest:
Take a photo of any Retro51 pen (fountain, rollerball, ballpoint or pencil) you are currently using and hand write Fountain Pen Day 2021 next to it.
“Certain it is, the place still continues under the sway of some witching power, that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to walk in a continual reverie. They are given to all kinds of marvellous beliefs, are subject to trances and visions, and frequently see strange sights, and hear music and voices in the air. The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions; stars shoot and meteors glare oftener across the valley than in any other part of the country, and the nightmare, with her whole ninefold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols.”
“The dominant spirit, however, that haunts this enchanted region, and seems to be commander-in-chief of all the powers of the air, is the apparition of a figure on horseback, without a head. It is said by some to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper, whose head had been carried away by a cannon-ball, in some nameless battle during the Revolutionary War, and who is ever and anon seen by the country folk hurrying along in the gloom of night, as if on the wings of the wind. His haunts are not confined to the valley, but extend at times to the adjacent roads, and especially to the vicinity of a church at no great distance. Indeed, certain of the most authentic historians of those parts, who have been careful in collecting and collating the floating facts concerning this spectre, allege that the body of the trooper having been buried in the churchyard, the ghost rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head, and that the rushing speed with which he sometimes passes along the Hollow, like a midnight blast, is owing to his being belated, and in a hurry to get back to the churchyard before daybreak.
Such is the general purport of this legendary superstition, which has furnished materials for many a wild story in that region of shadows; and the spectre is known at all the country firesides, by the name of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.”
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving
Celebrating the spooks and specters of Halloween, Retro 51 has conjured this haunting limited edition, Sleepy Hollow, just in time for All Hallows’ Eve. Matching Rickshaw Single Pen Sleeve also available. Only 1031 Rollerballs available. MSRP $50/pen, $21/sleeve. Contact us if you need help finding a dealer.
Tomorrow is National Ballpoint Pen Day and Friday is National Making Life Beautiful Day, so we wanted to celebrate these two days with a fun contest! As you know Life is too short to carry an Ugly Pen, so get your Retros out for a chance to win a Buzz Tornado that uses the smooth and long-lasting Easy Flow ballpoint refill. It’s always good to have multiple Retros at hand, so enter the contest by following these steps and make life beautiful!
Create something that is beautiful to you, whether it is a drawing, writing a poem or musical lyric or even just writing “Make Life Beautiful” using a Retro51 writing instrument(s).
Handwrite within the creation #MLBR51
Photograph the Retro51 pen you used next to your beautiful creation
Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag us
(Post on Retro’s Facebook Page or tag us on Instagram and Twitter @Retro1951)
Contest entries end Friday morning 6/11/21 at 9 am Central
Three winners will be selected by the Retro51 team based on beauty, originality, cleverness, plus other distinguishable characteristics that “make life beautiful.” The winners will be shared on our social media pages, given credit for their creation and contacted via the social media channel so we can mail you the prize.
Celebrating Spring and Summer, flowers and woodland creatures and most importantly celebrating the Gnomes that are hidden in this floral paradise. Look carefully and join the few who truly see the hidden world of the Gnomes. While some see them as garden kitsch, you will have your Gnome friends with you in work and play. These Gnomes tend to and protect our gardens. These little friends are here to bring a smile to you every day. Whether you have a “green thumb” or not, you are sure to love this Rollerball. But don’t hesitate because they are limited to 1951 pieces and will disappear as fast as you can say “Gnome Sweet Gnome.”
A matching Rickshaw Bag’s single pen sleeve is also available. Sold separately.
Order at your favorite Retro51 Dealer or reply to this email if you need any help finding one. Dealers can also be found on the Retro51 website through this link: Dealer Near You.
Hear ye, hear ye! The Herald is here declaring a new era has begun and yet the mission of Retro 51 will continue forth…”Life is too short to carry an Ugly Pen!”
As we build towards a bright future – with the first Popper not only of 2021, but also of the new torchbearers of Retro 51 – we wanted to highlight the amazing community of writers, calligraphers, creatives and day to day pen aficionados who appreciate a fine writing instrument.
The Herald highlights the slogan we have all come to love and proclaim when we show off our writing collection at work and home. Hidden messages encircle the pen, weaving a symbolic story of Retro 51. It has been said, “the pen is mightier than the sword,” and “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and this pen’s eye is surrounded by strength and beauty. With The Herald, you have a tool which allows you to create new beginnings, write new worlds… You have been given the keys to unlock untold mysteries. With this pen, you are part of a community. You are entrusted to be the messenger spreading the word that “Life is too short to carry an Ugly Pen!” All of these symbols (and more) are printed and accentuated with a Victorian pattern (and a surprise in the border) over a stainless-steel barrel complete with antique silver trim.
Pick up The Herald, a keystone design for your Retro 51 collection. They are limited to 1951 rollerballs with each design engraved with a limited-edition number. For the first time, a matching Rickshaw plush single pen sleeve is also available to store your Tornado to keep it in pristine condition. Available at your favorite Retro51 dealer OR emailus if you need help finding a dealer, customerservice[at]retro51[dot]com.
In early 2020, George Kartsotis announced that after 30 years he and the Retro 51 brand would be retiring. How could we let Retro end? The answer is… we couldn’t.
We are now under new ownership with the same outstanding team members. We are thrilled to announce that Richard, our Lead Designer for 20 years, is staying with us. You will also still be hearing from Dan in Sales, as well as our front-line Customer Service experts. Thank you to this team for their dedication throughout the unknowns of 2020.
Additionally, George and Vickie will stick around a little longer to share their 30 years of experience and insights. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank George for working with us and helping us put this team together. We are honored to be the new custodians of Retro 51.
There will be more details to come, but rest assured we are 100% committed to continuing the high level of quality, unique designs, and exceptional customer service everyone has come to expect and love about Retro 51 products. We are fans, collectors, and yes…we walk among you.