Heritage & Excellence
This book will explore the people, innovations and pen-making expertise behind the unique Parker brand, more than 125 years after its foundation. Its publication follows the opening of the Parker Private Museum in London.
The story begins in late nineteenth-century Wisconsin, where George Safford Parker began to sell and repair pens to supplement his teacher’s income. By the age of just 25 he had applied for his first patent and by 1908 his factory in Janesville was reportedly the largest pen-manufacturing facility in the world.
The Parker family’s entrepreneurial spirit, appreciation for the arts, and passion for travel and aircrafts have been the consistent and vital ingredients in the growth and success of the brand. Over the years Parker has become the pen of choice for politicians, writers and royalty, from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to James Bond to President Eisenhower.
Illustrated with fascinating archival photographs, alongside stunning new photography of Parker’s iconic pen designs, Parker: Heritage & Excellence is a testament to one of the world’s most respected and recognisable brands.