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The Montblanc Diary & Collector's Guide

By Jens Rosler

ISBN 3-7672-1174-2

Publisher: Christians Verlag Hamburg

Publishing Year: 1998

1St Edition

1St Print

Language: English

Book Format: Hard Cover

Book Dimensions: 23x32 cm

141 Pages



"I began my research by looking for old advertisements in magazine archives. I interviewed people who had experienced Montblanc’s early development and wrote to its old business addresses. Gradually, I was able to fill the gaps in the company’s history. My grandmother’s handwritten memories, from which long excerpts are included in this book, were a great help in this project. she vividly describes the fears and risks the company’s founders had to face. It is a story of entrepreneurial struggle in times of national defeat, economic hardship and a misanthropic dictatorship, which forced the company’s management to compromise personal convictions to secure the livelihood of several hundred employees. After two years of research, I now want to present a book that not only provides technical information for collectors, but should also arouse interest among the uninitiated in this rather unusual hobby by relating it to Montblanc, one of the most famous manufacturers of writing instruments.

The book is not a learned volume on the origins of a historic company, but rather an attempt to tell the story of a particular product in a lively and interesting way. My goal is to reveal the elegant beauty of these old writing instruments and explain the reasons for the lasting success of the Montblanc brand. I hope the reader will enjoy traveling back with me to the turn of the century and find new fascination in the discoveries made as the story unfolds."



A detailed history of the famous German pen manufacturer presented by a member of the founders' family.



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