Madame Mao's Dowry

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Shanghai China


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By madamemao, Feb 15 2019 06:00PM

The Jin Xing (Golden Star) Pen Company was founded in Shanghai by 3 Korean brothers and then a branch factory was opened in Beijing in the 1950s, initially using Shanghai-made components, then acquired Beijing component manufacturers, and gradually departed from their Shanghai designs. The Shanghai and Beijing firms continued to produce pens for some time with the Shanghai-built ones marked "KSPC" (Kin Sin Pen Co.) and the Beijing-built ones "GSPC" (Golden Star Pen Co.). Over time the Shanghai firm stopped manufacturing pens and moved into television sets in the 1970s, leaving Golden Star an exclusively Beijing brand.

The pens they made during the Mao Period were iconic and can be seen in many posters of the period being used by students and soldiers especially as they are studying Mao Thought. We have New Old Stock from the 1980s of both the Jingxing 26 (Little Jinxing) and 28 (Big Jinxing) as well as the Jinxing Deskpen, complete with stand and original box.

In 2003 the dormant Jinxing Company awakened and produced some very good models for a short period and, as far as we know the steel nibbed classic model 26 and 28 have not been produced at the latest since then, although their more expensive version with 12K or 14K nibs may have been. Certainly the deskpen has not been produced since the 1980's and the packaging of our model 26 & 28 suggest a 1980's production date. Drop by and take a look. Made of plastic but with strong 1950's design characteristics and generally highly regarded as a useable fountain pen, they make a great gift and are perfect for beginning or continuing your journey to slow communications.

By madamemao, Feb 13 2019 10:00PM

A rare find of New Old Stock fountain pens from the 1980's, the Wing Sung 27. Made of plastic in very 80's colours, the lid has an art deco feel and the slightly elongated body produces an elegant look. This was an everyday quality pen and Wing Sung, a brand now owned by Hero, known for its superior quality and innovative design lived up to it's reputation with this model. The extra length of the barrel conceals a minature ballpoint pen, making it a dual purpose model. If you decide this is the pen for you we can supply with a refill for the biro but as they are 30 years old we can't vouch for the quality of the ink they contain.

By madamemao, Feb 11 2019 10:00PM

Over the last 2 years we have collected a range of fountain pens made in Shanghai in the 1980s and 1990s that are factory stock and still unused. Mostly brands like Jinhao, Lucky, Hero and Wingsung, they all have the charm, character and useability of a well-made writing instrument but at a reasonable cost.

The first 2 images are of the sought after 1990's Wingsung 400 with a solid 14K gold nib, considered far superior to its contemporary Hero counterpart. Writes like a dream. It has a steel body with a striped shading from engraving. The last images is another 14K gold nib 1990's pen, this one carrying the brand name Lucky. It has the iconic conical Wing Sung nib, rarely seen in 14K gold.

Wing Sung was one of the biggest fountain pen producers in China before it closed its doors in the late 1990's. The factory was demolished and rental income from the highrise building they built on the site was used to support it's redundant workers. That's the story anyway. The brand was acquired by Hero and in recent years they have produced some not-so-superior models under this famous old brand.

By madamemao, Feb 10 2019 10:39AM

Meet Napoleon. He's not available at MMD, but he is modelling one of our range of handknitted dog wear, for the discerning pooch. Each piece is unique and all are knitted with the best quality pure new wool, most usually imported merino because it is lightweight, soft and incredibly warm. This makes it the most comfortable choice for your pet. We have incorporated other comfort-driven features, such as ribbed chests so the piece expands to snugly fit and short (or even no) legs so that your dog feels no tightness as he runs and plays. These features also make it easier to buy one as a gift. as they give a flexibility of fit if you're not exactly sure of the size. Most of the wools we use are also handdyed, giving each piece its own patterning of colour. As well as coats and layering body pieces we have accessories such as snoods and scarves. If we don't happen to have your size in stock we can knit one for you. As it may be hard to see the connection between dog clothes and the Mao Period we would draw your attention to the brand name, Mao Zedog, and to the title of our designs, for example 'Chew? Der ...' (Zhu De was Mao's military leader) and 'Chew 'n' Lie' (Zhou Enlai was Prime Minister throughout the Mao Period). See, there are lots of connections ....

By madamemao, Jan 28 2019 04:00AM

My last post for now on records in early 1980's China is about 1930's Shanghai .... Zhou Xuan is probably China's most famous songstress. She rose from very humble beginnings to stardom as a young teenager in the nascent film industry of Shanghai. Her voice is essentially the soundtrack for that period in Shanghai and, as the Hong Kong community of Shanghainese swelled, it became the soundtrack of nostalgia for our city. Recognised by Wong Kar-wai in his movie In the Mood for Love, her voice signified all of the glitz and wonder of modern Shanghai in the Republican period. This disc, published with a cover that reflects one of her most famous songs, The Four Seasons, contains songs from Street Angel, Malu Tianshi, the 1937 film that launched her career. The songs were written by 'leftist' composer Tian Han and the film itself had a strong message about the exploitative social conditions in the city and a call to revolution. All of this neatly contained in a cover with a rather classical graphic design of flowers of the four seasons (meihua, zhu, juhua, and lanhua) arranged in a geometric style for the 1980's.

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