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Yellow, Yell-oooohhh

Retro’s colors have always been blue and yellow. It’s one of our favorite colors so this blog post is devoted to the color yellow and some of the most recognizable yellow objects:
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The fun and quirky rubber ducky we all had as a kid. Have you seen the huge one in Hong Kong?
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Corn and Bananas

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Mustard anyone?
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Big Bird and Tweety Bird

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Yield to school buses
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Here are just some of the yellow pens we have created over two decades…
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What are other famous yellow objects? What does yellow stand for to you?

Thanks for reading and…

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Retro Catalogs from 1990 to 2012

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1990 – The first catalog put together by our president and the printer using scissors and glue.

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1991

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1992 – a unique shaped catalog using the clip from the High Class Pen on the cover.

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1993 – A silver foil stamped logo with a multi-logo background

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1994

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1995

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1996 – Bowling anyone?

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1998 – The Sci-fi theme

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1999 – The boat catalog. On the back cover was the Tornado for the first time in the Retro catalog.

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1999 – Premium Catalog

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2000

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2001 – Retro Premiums catalog with a Retro diner menu concept

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2001 – The “Olive” or “Martini” catalog

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2002 – The “Woody” catalog which inspired the creation of the Beach Cruiser pen.

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2003

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2004 – The movie themed catalog

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2005 – The Art Deco themed catalog plus 15th Anniversary year.

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2006 – The “Eagle” catalog

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2007 Pamphlet

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2007 Catalog – continuing with the train and traveling theme

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2008 – The “Greetings” catalog, also continuing with the travel theme

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2009 Foldout catalog with Thunder pen poster on the back

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2009 Foldout #2

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2010 – The “Record Album” and 20th Anniversary catalog

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2011 had a vintage advertisement concept

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2012 – the “Scrapbook” catalog

What vintage concepts would you like for us to use in 2013 and beyond? Which cover is your favorite? Let us know what your favorite memories of the “golden ages” were!

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NEW Retro Designs!

Each May Retro 51’s offices begin to buzz with excitement as the start of the National Stationery Show approaches.  Months of hard work are finally realized as new products start to roll in and we can finally put our hands on them.  And what a feast for the senses we have this year!  New finishes, textures, concepts, and colors abound!  Here is a sneak peek of the items that will be making their debut at this year’s Stationery Show in New York on May 20th. 

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Who could make a grander entrance than the King and Queen?  This pair of Tornado pens are covered in iconic playing card graphics that we hope will improve your luck, if you keep them at hand that is!  

We are particularly excited to introduce you to the Vintage Metalsmith series.  Each pen in this series has a brass barrel that has been finished with a unique process to provide some stunning results!  Whether they make you nostalgic for that old pen your grandparents used to carry, or you simply find them intriguing, we think you will love the sensory experience that these pens have to offer.  

The Jefferson and Franklin have been acid etched to produce distinctive raised designs and then treated to an antique finish.  The Lincoln also has an antiqued finish, but in a copper color that is reminiscent of a lucky penny, and finished off with a light lacquer coating for a smooth touch.  And finally, the Monroe’s diamond cut barrel is truly a textural wonder with its lacquer overlay that adds a smoothness to the texture that is quite delightful!  

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Be the Big Shot again with our latest designs in this classic Retro series.  The Black Label offers yet another new finishing process with its matte black barrel that has been overlaid with contrasting black gloss checkers.  The result is not only pleasing to the eye, but gives a smooth yet ever so slightly textured feel that makes for some excellent gripping. As for the new Infusion, acrylics are always a favorite with their bold blend of colors that an acrylic material can offer.  And the Infusion does not disappoint in this regard with its mélange of vibrant colors.  The Infusion is also available in a 1.15mm Tornado pencil as well as a classic Tornado Fountain Pen!  

Last but not least and driven by our devoted fountain pen lovers we introduce the Tornado Fountain Pen EXT.  Yes, that’s right; EXT means that the barrel has been extended!  Our latest Tornado fountain in a classic White Nickel finish (look familiar?) comes loaded with two standard ink cartridges in the barrel and a converter on the side!  We think you will enjoy this new spin on a classic.  

Which one is your favorite? We’d love to hear your opinions!

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