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Parker Duofold

By David Shephered and Dan Zazove

ISBN 0-9546875-2-3

Publisher: (privately printed)

Publishing Year: 2006

1St Edition

1St Print

Language: English

Book Format: Soft Cover

Book Dimensions: 21.3x28cm

362 Pages



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ďIt is often suggested that every successful business enterprise is founded on a single good idea. The Parker Pen Company is no exception to this rule. In 1880, there was no fountain pen industry in America, yet 50 years later the hard work and innovation of George Parker saw his company dominate what was turning into a thriving market. This success was based in no small part of Duofold, a pen which came to exemplify his philosophy that if you make something better the public will buy it.

Although in the late 19th century many people started businesses to utilize their ideas about pens, few succeeded. George Parker was determined to avoid the pitfalls encountered by his competitors and understood the need to produce high quality writing instruments, a motivation which was his principal reason for entering the arena of fountain pen manufacture in the first place. From the outset, George was at the forefront of successful innovation and his first patent was filed as far back as 1889 when he began a quest for a pen that would not leak, a revolutionary idea at the time, albeit something which is now taken for granted. It was the development of such a pen, based on the Lucky Curve filling system which was to prove the mainstay of Parkerís business for the next 25 years and help the company to establish itself. The real turning point in the companyís fortunes, however, was not until nearly 30 years later in 1921, when the Duofold was introduced at the beginning of a decade now regarded as the golden age of the fountain pen. Designed almost by accident, sales of this pen grew exponentially during the next few years and quickly helped move the company from a small provincial manufacture to a leading national enterprise with an international reputation, a position which it has held to the present day.

The story behind the Duofold is a fascinating and intriguing one. Few, if any, comparable products could claim such longevity or diversity. Since the penís inception, there have been hundreds of variations of the design, and new editions are still being created today. This book aims to chronicle the life of the pen, and also the history of the Parker Pen Company, whilst considering the differing influences which have shaped the evolution of both over nearly 100 years. Information is provided on the full range of pens produced, with details of the specification of each and guidance on how to identify different models. This is coupled with an explanation of the story behind the design, development and marketing of the pen, and in this way the book is intended to appeal not only to those with a specific interest in the Duofold, but to everyone who has lived through this period and has had first hand experience of using a Duofold pen."



This book sets a new standard for books about fountain pens.



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