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The Famous Esterbrook Signature

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#1 AAAndrew


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Posted 09 May 2019 - 20:28

We're all quite familiar with the famous signature of Richard Esterbrook which graces so many fountain pens, desk sets and pretty much any opportunity to brand something with the Esterbrook name. 





I recently picked up another early Esterbrook steel pen box and found that the signature was a bit different than what I remembered. 







This led me to start pulling out boxes and what I found was that each time they changed the label design for the back of a steel pen box, someone re-signed the signature. Each time it's slightly different from the time before. 


I've gather a few examples and put them in very rough chronological order in a new post out on my site. 


Esterbrook: The Famous Signature



I've also gathered the boxes into a single image so it's easier to compare. 




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Posted 10 May 2019 - 20:52

Love those boxes AAAndrew!

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 04:58

Thank you for sharing this wonderful collection!

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 05:06

do you think each changes reflect the nib that was sold in the box?

Edited by _InkyFingers, 11 May 2019 - 05:07.

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 07:48

Great study, dude! 


A fascinating look at writing style evolution in dealing with internal details; like "how to connect the small 'r' to other letters like the 'b' and 'o'".  Apparently, the older style "b" started higher, necessitating use of the single-footed "r'.  When I was learning cursive in first- thru third grades (1948 - 1950), the "b" started at the base line, and we used the pi-shaped "r".  Looks like a couple of the Company's signature writers got confused ... :)


Pity the last writer couldn't hold a straight line.  I have the same disease ....

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 13:03




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