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#1 AAAndrew

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 11:58

In the March 19th issue of 1921, American Stationer published an incredibly long and rather comprehensive list of manufactures, makers, sellers of all of the various items of interest to the "Trade." Out of this rather long list, I've pulled the list of fountain pen makers. The steel pen makers are found below that, for my interest if nothing else. 

 

I'm sure all of these have been captured before, I didn't cross reference to the master list, but it does give a nice snapshot of a moment in time for the industry. I also like that it often captures the names of the pens to help identify when you have a St. George pen to know it may not have been made by the St. George Pen Co., but could have been made by Armeny &  Marion Co. 

 

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American Stationer, March 19, 1921.

Buyers' Reference Bureau

Starts on Page 14.

On page 78 there is a list of Fountain Pen manufacturers and sellers

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List of Fountain pen makers

  • Aiken-Lambert Co., 163 Front St. New York
  • Allison, James A., 5 Steward Place, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • American News Co., The. 9-15 Park Pl., N.Y. "Companion, " "Amneco" and "Ever Ready"
  • American Pen Mfg. Co., 105 Hudson St., N.Y.
  • Armeny &  Marion Co., 90 Nassau St., N.Y. "St. George"
  • Auto Filler Pen Co., Zenobia Bldg., Toleo, O.
  • Autograph Fountain Pen Co., 1133 Broadway, N.Y.
  • Bankers Pen Co., Inc., 1 Madison Ave., N.Y.
  • Beaumel, D.W. & Co., Inc., 35 Ann St., New York. "Rival."
  • Betzler & Wilson Fountain Pen Co., Akron, Ohio
  • Bird Bill Pen Co., 892 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Bolles, William, Co., Toledo Ohio
  • Byers & Hayes Co., 68 Barclay St., N.Y.
  • Cambridge Pen Co., 334 5th Ave. , New York
  • Caw's Pen & Ink Co., 76 Duane St., N.Y. "Caw's Safety"
  • Century Pen Company, Whitewater, Wis.
  • Coit Ready Fill Pen Co., 64 W. Randolph St., Chicago, Ill
  • Conklin Pen Co., Toledo, O.
  • Crocker Pen Co., 163 Oliver St., Boston, Mass
  • Cushman & Dennison Co., 120 Eleventh Ave. New York
  • Davidson Rubber Co., Charlestown, Mass
  • De Luxe Mfg. Co., 433 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, Ill
  • Dunn Pen Co., 709 6th Ave., New York
  • Eagle Pencil Co., 703 E. 13th St., N.Y.
  • Edison Fountain Pen Co., Petersburg, Va. Fountain Pens
  • Evans Dollar Pen Co., Waterloo, Iowa
  • Farrell & Hosinger, 67 Irving St., Jersey City, N.J.
  • Frankly Fountain Pen Co., 51 n. 10th St., Phila, Pa.
  • Gem Fountain Pen Corp., 59 Park Place, New York, N.Y.
  • Heath & Co., George W., 208 First St., Newark., N.J.
  • Hering & Co. 50 John St., N.Y.
  • Holland Gold Pen Coo., John, 127-129 E. 4th St., Cincinnati, O.
  • Horn Co., M.T., 114 Park Place, N.Y.
  • Houston Pen Co., Sioux City, Iowa
  • Hunt Pen Company, Camden, N.J.
  • Inkograph Co., 21 West 42d St., New York
  • Kraker Pen Co., Kansas City, Mo. "Collegiate" Fountain Pen
  • Laughlin Fountain Pen Co., Detroit, Mich
  • Liberty Fountain Pen Co., 69 Courtlandt St., N.Y.
  • Mabie, Todd & Co., 17 Maiden Lane, N.Y. "Swan" and Specials to order
  • Moore Pen Co., 168 Devonshire St., Boston, Mass. "Moore's Non Leakable," "Midget," "Tourist," and "Banker"
  • Modern Pen Co., 533 Canal St., New York, N.Y.
  • New Diamond Point Pen Co., 44 E. 23d St., New York, "Fill -E-Z"
  • Parker Pen Co, Janesville, Wis
  • Post Fountain Pen Co., 120 W. 14th St. N.Y.
  • Post, Hermann F., 1521 W. Monroe St., Chicago, Ill "Dependable"
  • St. George Fountain Pen Co., 90 Nassau St., N.Y.
  • Salz Brothers, 71 W. 35th St., N.Y. "Peter Pan" "Fifty Five"
  • Sanford & Bennett Co., 51 Maiden Lane, N.Y. "Autopen," "S. & B.," "Commercial Safety"
  • Shatkun &Kahn, 1483 38th St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Schaffer Pen Company, W. A., Ft. Madison, Iowa; 170 Broadway, M.Y.
  • Standard Vulcanite Pen Co., 700 Lexington Ave., Brooklyn N.Y.
  • Todd & Co., E. 1 West 34th St., New York, N.Y.
  • Ullrich & Co., J. W., 27 Thames St., N.Y., "Independent," "Vulcan," "Juco," "E.Z.," and "Self-Filling"
  • Wahl Mfg. Co., Chicago, Ill. "Tenpoint," formerly "Boston Safety"
  • Ward Mfg. Co., Samuel, 290 Atlantic Ave., Boston, Mass. "Ward's Leaknot"
  • Waterman Co., L.E., 191 Broadway, N.Y. "Waterman's Ideal"
  • Weidlich & Simpson Co., Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Welty Co., Wm A., Waterloo, Iowa
  • Whitney-Richards Co., Cleveland, O.
  • Willard Pen Co., 318 West 39th St., New York, N.Y.
  • Williamson Pen Co., Janesville, Wis.
  • Wirt Fountain Pen Co., Paul E., Bloomburg, Pa.

 

On page 80, there's also a list of Sylographic pens. 

 

And quaintly enough, there are still listed two makers of quill pens, Bainbridge and Dennison. 

 

 

And just because, in case anyone is interested besides myself, here is the list of the steel pen (i.e. dip nib) makers

Also on Page 78

 

  • American Lead Pencil Co., 220 Fifth Ave., N.Y. "Beats All"
  • American News Co., The, 9-15 Park Place, N.Y. "Paragon"
  • Atlas Stationery Co., 52 Duane Ste., New York, N.Y.
  • Birmingham Pen Co., 239 S. 49th St., Philadelphia.
  • Birmingham Pen Co., Dorchester, Mass
  • Bernard, G. D., Stationery Company, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Cooke & Cobb Co., The, 213 Steuben St. , Brooklyn, N.Y. "Centric"
  • Cutter-Tower Co., 326 Broadway, N.Y.
  • Deatly & Co., Arthur G., 24 Gold ST., N.Y. "Deatly's Hotel."
  • Defiance Mfg. Co., 384 Braoadway, New York. "Brandauer &  Co."
  • Detroit Coin Wrapper Co., Detroit. Mich. "Parson's Silver Plated."
  • Devoy, John M. Syracuse, N.Y., "Dipless"
  • Eagle Pencil Co., 705 East 13th St., New York.
  • Easterbrook Steel Pen Co., Camden, N.J.
  • Faber, Eberhard, 37 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Field & Co., Alfred, 93 Chambers St., N.Y. Gillott Pens
  • Graff Co., George B., Sommerville, Mass, "Silvered."
  • Guy Pen Co., 222 Grand Ave., Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Hall Brothers, Boston, Mass. "No. 228 Silver Alloy."
  • Hunt Pen Co., Howard C., Camden, N.J.
  • Isaacs & Co., J.L. 135 Broadway, N.Y.
  • Isaacs & Co., Samuel, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • John Heath's Telephone (Steel) Pen, 8 St. Bride St., London E.C., Eng.
  • Kimpton, Haupt Co., 53 Beekman St., New York. Iridium New Century No. 26 Pens
  • Lehman, E. Michael, 171 Broadway, N.Y. "Dewitt & Sinclair"
  • Mabie, Todd &  Co., 17 Maiden Lane, New York
  • Mason & Co., W. L. Keene, N.H.
  • McClurg & Co., A.C., Chicago, Ill. "Champion"
  • Miller Bros., Cutlery Co., 309 Broadway, New York
  • Munro & Muzzy Pen Co., Bristol, Conn.
  • One Dip Pen Co., Daily Record Bldg., Baltimore, Md.
  • Palmer Co. A.N. 30 Irving Pl., N.Y. "Palmer Method"
  • Rikkers Bros., 312 Broadway, New York
  • Salomon & Co., A.L. 345 Broadway, N.Y. "Aluminoid"
  • Sanger, S. V., Co., Chicago, Ill. "Sanger's"
  • Sherwood & Silpenic Pen Co., Pasaic Park, N.J. "Sherwood", "Silpenic" and "Sylvo"
  • Shipman Sons, A.L., 100 Chambers St., New York, "Shipman's Coin Alloy"
  • Sloan &  Co., Pittsburgh, Pa. "Excelsior"
  • Spencerian Pen Co., N.Y. "Spencerian" and Perry & Co.
  • Stevens & Foster, Pittsburgh, Pa. "Sampson Radium No. 22 Pens."
  • Tower Mfg. & Novelty Co., N.Y. "Temco"
  • Turner& Harrison, Phila., Pa "Maniton," "Constitution Falcon 06," "Phoenix," "Malpass," "le Reve," "T.& H. Standard," "Moheta," Russian, Websters med, Amalgam," "Nickle-Silver," "Vertical," "Tuxedo."
  • Ward & Co., Samuel, Boston Mass.
  • Wrightwell Pen Co., Chicago, Ill. "Wrightwell"


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Posted 09 February 2016 - 20:39

What a great reference! Can we pin this?

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 21:15

  • Schaffer Pen Company, W. A., Ft. Madison, Iowa; 170 Broadway, M.Y.

really?


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Posted 09 February 2016 - 21:51

Interesting list.  I didn't see Morrison listed.  Was that company later (I was told that one of my ringtops is from the 1920s or 30s).  And that "Easterbrook" seemed to only make steel nibs back then....

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 01:33

  • Schaffer Pen Company, W. A., Ft. Madison, Iowa; 170 Broadway, M.Y.[/size]
really?[/size]</p>
I know that's a pet peeve of yours, but that's how they spelled it. I should have put "sic" next to it, but I was typing it quickly.



Interesting list.  I didn't see Morrison listed.  Was that company later (I was told that one of my ringtops is from the 1920s or 30s).  And that "Easterbrook" seemed to only make steel nibs back then....
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Don't know about Morrison, but Esterbrook was still very much in dip pen mode. I don't know for sure, but I don't think they came out with their first fountain pen until about 1930, but others know much more than I do about their transition from dip to fountain. I do know that in one magazine they advertised in, in 1930 their ad was all about the 048 dip nib, and in 1940 it was all about the Dipless desk pen.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 01:45

I know that's a pet peeve of yours, but that's how they spelled it. I should have put "sic" next to it, but I was typing it quickly.
 

 

It just shows there is little new in the world.  Even then when Sheaffer was about to totally change the look and feel of fountain pens folk were having a hard time spelling it.


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