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A story of my Big Red
Posted 21 August 2006 - 21:13
He gave me a Parker Big Red with a personal engraving, Paul Binger. It was his father`s name, he said and began to tell an amazing story:
1927 Parker expanded his production to Europe and his informant in Germany had told him, that Osmia, which was in that time the second largest fountainpenproducer in Germany, searched for cooperation. The quality of their writing equipment was outstanding but the margin in these times was absolutely not satisfying. Parker engaged a true hand office in Mannheim to make economical investigationes about the Osmia. The bureau belonged to Paul Binger.
The deal went well in the first time. Kenneth Parker, B. M. Palmer and C. Joseph Lamy visited the firm in January 1928 and gave their instructiones. In addition to the salary, Parker gave Binger the Big Red with the engraving and said:
Look at this pen. In a few years it will be a living legend!
No, please, I said to Mr. Binger jr., I am not the owner of the pen. It is a treasure for your own family history, therefore you should keep it.
He just laughed and said, don`t be silly. In a few years they will carry me out in a wooden box. And all the small things I ever had owned will go to trash.
Each day when I hold the Big Red in my hand, I am thinking about the story, Mr. Binger jr. had told me. Is it lucky or is it sad? What do you think?
Posted 21 August 2006 - 22:22
Posted 21 August 2006 - 23:08
A pen with a story behind it.
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 23:35
One small question, what is a "true hand office"?
Posted 21 August 2006 - 23:54
He was right. The pen and the story live on in good hands
Posted 22 August 2006 - 00:16
Posted 22 August 2006 - 00:37
Posted 22 August 2006 - 03:47
Good deal all around.... I think!
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Posted 22 August 2006 - 13:29
And, the pen will live on rather than be trashed. What better way for his father and his own name to continue and be remembered, as well as a solid piece of social history.
Write the story down and keep it with the pen.
I have a few such things that have passed to me in similar ways - along with handwritten stories from the mid-1800s - that could have easily been trashed before my time. It is only now, 150 years later, when life has changed so much that they truely become meaningful and an insight into the past.
I see myself merely as the caretaker.
Posted 22 August 2006 - 21:14
Posted 22 August 2006 - 21:54
Thanks for sharing your story.
Posted 22 August 2006 - 22:02
Thank you very much for your replies.
Sorry it`s my bad English, I think I caught the wrong word. I meant a "trustee". He manages foreign goods, money, stocks, houses, bancrupties for example. The trustee needs a government licence for his work and has to swear, that he will always work with his best conscience for his clients.
One small question, what is a "true hand office"?
Yes, maybe. And I have got some more informationes. But I`m only a small collector and nobody asked me
Your story would make a great addendum to the section on Osmia in the new Duofold book, pages 80-81.
BTW I `didn`t read the book yet.
Kind Regards and
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Posted 25 August 2006 - 10:24
The most beautiful story his the one that gets told by someaone who knows or feels its meaning.
The faber/parker/osmia/bölher story his yet to be told. Enlighten us if You please !!!
My specific interest in FPs goes for german and continental european FPs from the 20's and 30's.
Thanks for sharing
Posted 25 August 2006 - 13:34
Posted 29 August 2006 - 11:06
I have a black hard rubber duofold junior engraved to Mr Koch, and I wish I knew his story. Thanks.