i´de like to write short description of a little known fountain pen company from Bohemia. PEROP was established in 1939 in Prague by these men: Vladimír Kaiser, Emil Kroutl, Adolf Krygar and František Zeman.
Emil Kroutl was one of three Kroutl brothers who in 1919 established Ripet company in České Budějovice. He sold his part in Ripet Co. to his brothers in second half of 1930´s. František Zeman was born in 1901 in small village near České Budějovice in South Bohemia. After his studies of Bussiness Lyceum in České Budějovice he was hired as accountant in Ripet company. He left the Ripet company in 1938 after years of successful career. About Mr.Krygar and Mr. Kaiser i have not found any facts yet. But i will.
With Ripet know-how background, these men had all chances to be successful. And they were! I was lucky to have found Mr. Zeman descendants, they still live in the same luxurious apartment that František Zeman have bought in 1940 (in fact the apt is the only thing communist haven´t stolen from them). The Perop company was very well equipped with the latest technology and machines. I have been told PEROP Co. have bought in Germany a special machine line for nib making with electrical irridium tipping. In 1940 they have won a contract paid by government to supply all kinds of State bureau offices in the country ( back then Protectorat Bohemia-Moravia). It was Mr.Zeman who later became a nib specialist and enthusiast in Perop. The company was doing very well until unfamous year 1948 when it was stolen by communist goverment. Mr. Zeman was very lucky to avoid 2 years of prison in one of puppet judicial trials with former factory owners in 1949/50. Then he was forced to work as simple worker in Tatra Co branch in Prague. In early 1960´s when life became a little bit more bearable for former factory owners, he was permitted to run small FP repair workshop in his domicile in Prague. He died of heart attack shortly after the Soviet army invaded the country..
Here is nice Perop 201, WW2 period. I have purchased this pen (and nibs) directly from František Zeman estate, it was in his possession:
Here are Perop envelopes to pack FPs to send them back to Perop for service/reparation. Those were offered me by František Zeman grandson:
Edited by Khufu, 30 December 2012 - 01:17.