Remember these colorful vintage magic markers & felt-tip pens from the 1970s, 80s & 90s?

Pens and markers from 1970s 1980s 1990s

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If you grew up anytime in the 1970s through 90s, you might remember the joy of opening a fresh set of these magic markers and felt-tip pens.

These colorful writing tools were a staple of many childhoods, used for everything from doodling in notebooks to creating posters for school projects. The distinctive smells of the markers and the satisfying scratch of the pens on paper sure do evoke memories of simpler times.

El Marko watercolor markers (1972)

EL MARKO! 8 NO MESS WATERCOLORS! El Marko Watercolors can’t spill or drip because the color is stored inside the brush!

El Marko watercolors will launch a thousand projects. Pictures, puppets, masks, castles, posters, signs, party decorations, labels, ornaments — most anything.

Get El Marko’s eight no-mess watercolors! Non-toxic. Launders out. P.S. El Marko is also available in waterproof, smear-proof permanent ink!

El Marko watercolor markers (1972)

el marko watercolor markers pens october 1972

Vintage Flair pens – Artwork calendar (1971)

Vintage Flair pens - Artwork calendar (1971)

Vintage El Marko watercolor & permanent magic markers (1972)

Vintage El Marko watercolor and permanent markers (1972)

Colorful vintage Flair pens (1977)

Colorful vintage Flair pens (1977)

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1970s Bic Banana Ink Crayons – Markers

1970s Bic Banana Ink Crayons - Markers

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Vintage 80s Mr Sketch scented watercolor magic markers

Vintage 80s Mr Sketch scented watercolor markers

Vintage Crayola Washable Markers (1990)

Crayola Washable Markers come in bold dazzling colors. So kids have lots of fun playing with them. Even more exciting, these markers wash right off kids and almost all their clothes. So you’ll love them, too.

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Vintage Crayola Washable Markers (1990)

In 1995, Sanford launched McMarkers — two sets of licensed scented Magic Markers — in partnership with McDonald’s. The partnership didn’t seem to last very long, as almost no mentions of the pen sets appear beyond that year.

McDonald’s branded felt-tip pens – McMarkers (1995)

Nifty McMarkers sit in a holder that looks just like a French-fry box and keeps a set of Magic Markers at the ready.

There are no caps to lose, and even if your little Picasso happens to leave a pen out, an overnight stay in the McMarker holder will replenish the color! Sanford, $5.

McDonalds branded pens - McMarkers (1995)

Sanford introduces McDonald’s McMarkers (1995)

Big fun for small fries: Introducing McMarkers, the colorful markers in two unique McDonald’s holders.

With assorted fun colors, your small fries will love ’em. And with no caps to lose, so will you. Available in washable or scented. Pick up a side order of McMarkers at your local retailer today.

Sanford McDonald's McMarkers - Magic Markers (1995)


McMarker washable watercolor markers

8 color set with holder — No caps to lose! Markers store in a sturdy McMarker holder – Cone tip draws fat and skinny lines!

McMarker washable watercolor markers from Sanford (1995)

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  1. I remember all of these… except for McMarkers. Everyone loved the Bic Bananas — a love fostered in no small part by the goofy TV commercial with the guy in the banana costume! And before Sharpies became common, El Markos were the permanent marker of choice. You knew you were growing up when your parents entrusted you with an El Marko!

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