Hurricane Harvey Giving Encouragement



 Update – Contest Winners:

THANK YOU to everyone who took part in the Hurricane Harvey Donations! Over three thousand dollars was donated to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts because of you.

We randomly selected ten winners and they are listed below. I will be contacting each to arrange for the prizes.
1. Raul E.
2. Rob W.
3. Gregg M.
4. Mayer M.
5. Adam U.
6. Dan D.
7. Tina S. M.
8. Keith M.
9. Helen W.
10. Jeff C.


Hurricane Harvey is the most deadly and devastating hurricane to strike U.S. in over a decade. We want to encourage giving to the Red Cross to help the massive relief effort to come. We will have a drawing for 10 unique, one-of-kind/ factory sample Tornados to promote giving donations.

How to enter:

  • Text “Harvey” to 90999 to give a $10 donation to the Red Cross (or Donate at Red and make sure the funds are directed to “Hurricane Harvey”).
  • Each $10 donation gives you one (1) entry into the drawing to win. There is no limit to entries (but you can only win once).
  • Either email, tweet us @Retro1951 or comment via Facebook with how many $10 donations you gave. (We are doing this on a trust basis).
  • This donation promotion ends at 9 am CDT on Tuesday, Sept. 5th and will do the drawing that afternoon.

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Encouragement Gifts:

Ten total winners. One given to each of the winners drawn at random. Only one win per person.

Thank you for taking part and your continued support.

-The Retro 51 Team



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Shark Alley – New Retro 51 Popper!

Great white sharks have terrified us for years! From JAWS release in the 70’s & 80’s to 29 years of Discovery’s Shark Week, we can’t get enough of these predatory fish. With this mystique in mind we created the latest Tornado Popper, Shark Alley. The barrel’s swimming with several acid-etched sharks, plated in a stonewashed pewter finish and complete with accent printing and gloss varnish. The matching pewter trim is numbered on the top ring, topped with a graphic finial and packaged in a matching tube. Only 758 are available, so get one before it costs you an arm and a leg. In stores this week, call your local Retro dealer to check availability.


Comments or feedback? We’d love to hear from you!


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Christmas Carol-word Contest

Do you play Christmas music in July or watch a holiday movie everyday? If so, this is the contest for you. There will be seven total winners! The first two are based on time and the final five will be entered into a pool for random selection.


  1. Fill out the Crossword puzzle correctly! Either take a photo of the completed puzzle with your smart phone OR type all the answers out complete with numbers.
  2. Email to richard[at]retro51[dot]com
  3. Contest ends on Tuesday, Dec. 20th, 2017 at 3pm (Central Time).


Click to see a larger puzzle here!


The first two winners to send in the completed puzzle with all the correct answers get their choice of the Tornadoes shown below.  WE HAVE OUR FIRST TWO WINNERS!

Five more winners will be randomly selected after the contest ends on Tuesday the 20th. To be entered in this drawing you must get every answer correct and submitted by the deadline. These winners will chose their prize based on their numerical order drawn. For example, first name drawn gets first choice…fifth winner will get the remaining pen. Winners will be contacted by email.


Seven total Tornadoes decorated with holiday graphics!

2016 Holiday Collage x 2 Available


2015 Christmas Cookie x 1


2014 Wrapping Paper x 1


2008 Season’s Greetings Penguin x 1


Thanks, good luck and Happy Holidays!

Retro 51


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Woman With Thanksgiving Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving from the Retro 51 Team! We are thankful for such great fans and wanted to show it through a fun Thanksgiving contest. It’s very simple, think of someone you are thankful for and tag them on one of our social sites:

  1. Tag this person in the comment section via the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram post (only one entry per person)
  2.  We’ll compile all the participants and have  a random drawing for two winners. The winners will get a Jingle Bell Tornado PLUS a choice of the Classic Tornadoes to give to the person you are thankful for (OR you can keep the Classic Tornado and give them the Jingle Bells).
  3. Contest ends tomorrow at 3 PM (Central Time) and will be notified via the social marketing source they participated through.

Good luck and thanks again!

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November 21, 2016 · 4:50 pm

Fountain Pen Day 2016


This coming Friday, November 4th, is National Fountain Pen Day. In honor of this special day for penthusiasts, we will be giving a Tornado Fountain Pen away every day this week. Here is how to enter the daily contest:

  1. Take a photo of any Retro51 pen (fountain, rollerball, ballpoint or pencil) you are currently using and hand write Fountain Pen Day 2016 next to it.
  2. Post this image either on our Facebook page, on Twitter (tagging us @Retro1951), on Instagram (also tagging us @Retro1951) or by commenting below.
  3.  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 with up to five chances to win. You may only win once.

We will randomly select a winner everyday at noon (CST) and post the name on our social media sites.


The winner will get to choose between the  Black Acrylic, Marlin Acrylic or Black Cherry. Nibs available in Fine, Medium and Broad.

Good luck and thanks for entering!



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Q&A with Retro 51 Collector Gregg M.

Name: Gregg Morton

How many Retro pens and product do you own: 357

Which Retro was your first one? Purchased my first Retro 51, a Disney Simple Mickey (sold out) on November 23rd 2011, thus triggering the addiction…



What characteristic about our products are you drawn to? Great looking pens and wide variety of themes. Easy on the bank account and perform as well or better than many pens 10 times the cost. If you can’t find a Retro 51 that catches your eye, then something wrong with you.

Do you have a favorite or a top five favorites? That’s a difficult one to answer. My favorite probably the Vanness Pens Joey Feldman Exclusives (Black Clip Ed. & Red Clip Ed.), followed by the Anderson Pens Exclusive Terabyte Tornado, Paradise Pen Exclusive Vino Cork Set (Sold Out), Ya-Ling Cherry Blossoms (sold out) and the Exotic Leopard (sold out).


How long have you been collecting Retro 51’s? Since November 2011.

What made you start collecting Retro products? Once I had that first one in my hand, I had to have more and more. Daughter moved out so I had yet another room to fill with collectibles and Retro 51 filled the bill. The wife now threatening to leave if I buy another Retro 51. I’m sure going to miss her….

Which Popper theme do you think we need to come out with next? Since Retro 51 has had past collaborations with Disney, I’d sure love to see some Star Wars themes.

What is your next Retro 51 purchase? Either the next one you release or the next one I stumble across that I don’t currently have…

Big thanks from the Retro51 team to Gregg for taking the time to answer these questions and send us photos of his collection.



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POP Contest – Monday Motivation!



Win this unique Retro51 fountain nib store display! We never sold these but only gave them to stores for display purposes, but you can win this one (it does have some defects in the chrome plating as you can see). Just follow these rules:

  1. Post a photo of the Retro51 you are writing with today.
  2. Post on Facebook, or tag us on Twitter (@Retro1951) or Instagram (@Retro1951)
  3. Type the hashtag #MondayMotivation in your post
  4. One post per person (This contest is for USA contestants only)

Contest ends tonight at 11:59 PM. We will choose the winner by random drawing tomorrow and will announce the winner at 11 am CST.


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Pop Contest – Retro Quiz

THIS CONTEST IS NOT TIMED! It will run from now until Sunday evening at 11:59 PM, January 3rd.


How well do you know about Retro 1951, the products and even our retailers? Whoever gets the highest score on this wins!

(Do NOT comment with the answers! You may only enter once and cannot email later with a revised answer)

The prizes:

1st Place will get the Twinkle Tornado

2nd Place gets a Classic Lacquer Tornado of their choice


Fill in the blank:
1. Fine writing pens with __________ and Grace!

2. With each Bamboo Tornado sold, a donation has been made to the ______ _____ Foundation to rescue 250 square feet of rainforest.

3. The _______ Tornado has a click-action top with Easy Flow ballpoint refill.

4. Hot Coffee is a Tornado exclusively sold by _______.

5. The ________ Tornado has a hounds-tooth pattern acid-etched on the barrels.

Multiple Choice:
6. Scriptura’s exclusive Tornado has what city’s name on it?
A. New York
B. Dallas
C. New Orleans
D. Los Angeles

7. Which of these pens are NOT a Retro product?
A. Scriptmaster
B. Twisteez
C. Abbondanza
D. Double Eight

8. Which Retro Dealer sells the Paws Pen (Tornado)?
A. iPenStore
B. WhataPen
C. Pen Harmony
D. None of the Above

9. What brand license have we made pens for in the past?
A. Hello Kitty
B. Peanuts
C. Marvel
D. Disney

10. Which retailer sells an annual Cherry Blossom Tornado?
A. Fahrney’s Pens
B. Pens ’N Productivity
C. Michael’s
D. All of the above

11. Which Retailers are currently selling an exclusive Tornado(s)?
A. Paradise Pen
B. Airline International
C. Fahrney’s
D. All of the above

11. What is the name of the Tornado Popper with comic sound graphics printed on the barrel?

12. How many of the Nine Lives were produced?

13. What suit is the King in the Royale series?

14. What year did Retro 1951 start business?

15. What is the name of Anderson Pen’s exclusive Tornado design?

17. How many Buzzards are on the Nightwalkerz Tornado?

18. What is the name of the dog that comes to Retro on a daily basis?

19. How many Cherry Blossom Tornado designs have been made so far to date?


20. How much does 100 Green Tornadoes in their packaging weigh?

Good Luck!

1. Fleetness
2. Arbor Day
3. Snapper
4. Goldspot Pens
5. Vintage Metalsmith “Jackie”
6. c) New Orleans
7. b) Twisteez
8. a) iPenStore
9. d) Disney
10. a) Fahrney’s Pens
11. d) All of the above
11. Splat!
12. 999
13. Spades
14. 1990
15. Terabyte Tornado
17. 6
18. Beagle
19. 9
. 16.2 pounds or 259 ounces


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Pop Contest – Crossword Puzzle

Fill in this crossword puzzle and win prizes listed below. The first two puzzles emailed with all the correct answers will win.


  • Email typed out answers  OR
  • Print, fill out and email photo of completed puzzle to…

The Contest is officially closed as we have our two winners!

First place wins a Twinkle Popper Tornado and the second wins a Classic Lacquer of their choice. Winners will be notified by email. Good luck!



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Find the “51”s


THIS CONTEST IS OFFICIALLY OVER. If you want to play anyways, please see in the comments for the correct number.

Original Rules:

How many “51”s can you find? The first two people that email us with the correct number will win. Email the answer [at]retro51[dot]com. Do not comment below with the answer, only email responses will be accepted. We will not respond unless you send the correct answer.

We will comment below with the correct answer as soon as we have the two winners and the contest is closed.

First place wins a Twinkle Popper Tornado and the second wins a Classic Lacquer of their choice. Good luck!



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