A public service announcement for fountain pen friends: one piece of blotter paper might last you 20 years.
I bought an old rocker blotter about 20 years ago which still had a sheet of blotting paper in it, and just kept using the old blue blotter paper sheet it came with. (Which was already well used.)
YMMV of course! I tend to let my paper air dry, rather than use blotter paper.
I bought NEW blotter paper* about a year ago. Check it out: still going strong!
This second vintage rocker blotter is literally window dressing. I love green milk glass. (I’m guessing it’s from the 1930s; Scottish terriers and milk glass were both very popular in the U.S. then.)
So. I have two rocker blotters. Two.
Two is not a collection.
If I get that extremely lovely 19th c cobalt blue glass one at the antique shop down the street, then I’ll have three. But I am not going to do that, because I am NOT not not not not NOT, I tell you** , having a rocker blotter collection.
Budgets and shelf space mean we must make choices, and I do not need a rocker blotter collection.
And: collections don’t start until you hit the number three.
This is the Law of Three. Once you have three of something, when you do not need three, it becomes a collection. This is true for cats***, this is true for old cars you’re keeping for parts, and it is true for rocker blotters.
So I am NOT having a rocker blotter collection.
I said it on the internet, so it must be true.
P.S. Nice article here about actually using blotting paper, instead of white-knuckling the urge to buy another old rocker blotter.
Link to Dorothy and Toto photo – File:The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland Terry 1939.jpg - Wikipedia (no date). Available at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Wizard_of_Oz_Judy_Garland_Terry_1939.jpg (Accessed: 18 July 2022).
Bosley, J. (2019) How To Use Fountain Pen Blotting Paper, Fountain Pen Love. Available at: https://fountainpenlove.com/how-to/how-to-use-fountain-pen-blotting-paper/ (Accessed: 18 July 2022).
* The two questions I’m pretty sure my kids will be asking after my earthly sojourn is done: “What IS this? Why did she keep that?”
** Okay, I’m telling me. Again.
*** Although I can think of many situations where one might need three cats. Maybe you’re opening a cat café, and they need to work in shifts.