VDN's Swan Pen Advertisement

Submitted by matthew_roth on Thu, 10/17/2019 - 11:27

While searching for Nabokovian items in a new digital archive, I happened upon the attached ad for Swan fountain pens, with a quote from Nabokov's father. The ad campaign is mentioned by VN on page 255 (Chapter 13) of Speak, Memory, though his recollection of the art doesn't match the version here. Enjoy.

Matt Roth

That's an interesting bit of history, Matthew.  It seems to me it would be a nice addition to the "Photographs" section of VN's "Life"?

I'm curious about how you found that. What is the digital archive you used?


The archive is called the Adam Matthew Digital portfolio. This was from their "First World War" collection.