The Charles Hosmer - Morse Museum of American Art


Pens: A Very Personal Passion

February 19, 2014

1:30 pm

Geoffrey S. Parker
Parker Pen Company
Janesville, Wisconsin

The Parker Pen Company—the American writing instrument maker that celebrated its 125th anniversary last year—was founded in 1888 by George Safford Parker in Janesville, Wisconsin.  In a February 19 talk at the Morse held in conjunction with the new exhibit The Art of Fountain Pens, Parker’s great grandson, Geoffrey S. Parker, will explore how Parker made its mark through design, technology, and art, focusing especially on the “Golden Age” of fountain pens, 1920 through 1940. In his talk, Parker—who manages the Parker Family Archives and has coauthored several books on Parker history—will describe the people and events behind such pens as the famous Duofold, introduced in 1921, and the history-making Parker 51, which debuted in 1941. These pens and others helped the company to become one of the world’s best known brands. Geoffrey S. Parker, a resident of Ponte Vedra and a frequent speaker at pen collector shows, is currently at work on a biography of his great grandfather.

  • Geoffrey S. Parker
  • Geoffrey S. Parker