Birthday Treasures

May 7th, 2013 | Posted in General


I am a pretty tough person to buy gifts for. I basically have everything I could ever want (within reason… freelance illustrators as a general rule can’t afford Porsches or winter homes in Hawaii). I have a complete batsuit, for God’s sake. The Lovely Anna and my kids and family hate my birthday and the holidays because they just don’t have a clue what to get me. That means they have to ask me, so I am seldom surprised by anything.

Anna is pretty creative, though. This year for my birthday (which was this past Saturday… 47, thanks for asking) she surprised me with some awesome vintage art supplies she found scouring antique stores. Among the treasures were:

an old Faber Castell tin pencil box and dip pen,

a bottle of Sanford’s Xit Ink Eraser which came in a tin container/sleeve,

a Cardinell lettering guide,

some old pen nibs including a bunch of Resterbrook Falcon 048’s,


and an antique brass inkwell (see open pic of it at top). That last is really awesome and I’ll be using it often.

Very cool stuff. I love old art supplies. If you have never checked it out, visit Lou Brook‘s Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies. Lots of fun stuff there.


  1. Kelly Whynot, Nova Scotia Canada says:

    Happy Birthday – what awesome vintage gifts! Why don’t I ever find stuff like that at antique shops?! Speaking of birthdays, I just received my limited ed. copy of The Mad Art of Caricature from my husband as an early birthday gift. I can’t tell you how much I treasure my caricature inside! I’m so stoked. I already had your book (which is very well worn now). It was your book that gave me the confidence to break away from my drawing table into live caricaturing last summer. Thanks again!

  2. Alberto Lung says:

    Happy Birthday! real nice lot of vintage art supplies. Might have to visit some antique stores sometime..

  3. Frank Pryor says:

    Happy B-lated B-day! Those are great gifts. I think I’ll check out a few shops
    around Denver! Ahhhh…47, those were the days…congrats!

  4. Those ARE some wonderful gifts!! Kudos to Anna for finding them!

  5. ChildsPlay says:

    That’s a beautiful inkwell. I’m jealous.

  6. jailerjoe says:

    Inspirational! Happy belated…27th?! 🙂


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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