the peace treaty that ended the war in the Pacific. Apparently he used a Big Red for this.
The launching of the limited edition was accompagnied with a lot of fanfare. I copy
from a news article of Aug. 2, 1995:
"GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR'S WIDOW TO BE PRESENTED WITH REPLICA OF PEN HER HUSBAND USED TO SIGN SURRENDER DOCUMENTS TO END WORLD WAR II
NEW YORK, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Jean MacArthur, widow of General Douglas
MacArthur, will be honored at a private ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 301
Park Avenue at 50th Street, New York, tomorrow, August 3. She will be presented
with a replica of the Parker Orange Duofold fountain pen General MacArthur used to
sign the Japanese surrender documents aboard the U.S.S. Missouri on September 2,
1945. The original pen, which belonged to her and which she lent to the general, has
been lost. The replica pen bears the general's signature and is numbered 'one' in a
limited edition ..."
The various websites are full of statements like this one: "General Douglas
MacArthur signed the document ending World War II in the Pacific with his 20 year
old Duofold". The origin of this phrase seems to originate from Parker's own
document such as this one from Parker's own web site:
"Writing History: The Parker Story". Well, first of all, it was not his - it was his wife's .
Second are we talking about a Big Red presumably, maybe a Junior or Lady size?
I was very curious to see if there is a photo of the signing ceremony and here is
what I got. This is a small photo of the general signing the treaty.
I found also this large one.
The pens in this image look like deskpens - they are all the same.
So we are not talking about a Big Red.
I even enlarged it to see what is going on:
And as I was so excited to have discovered one of the most dispeakable deceptions
of Madisson street, Google led me to this image from the military archives.
Oh, what is this? A red Duofold! Oh, no.
Darn it, my claim to fame vanished in a flahs [SIZE=7]
Edited by antoniosz, 14 May 2006 - 22:49.