1894

Parker invents the pioneering anti-leak system, the ‘Lucky Curve’ – Parker's second patent and major breakthrough.



1906

Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement, the gold and sterling silver Parker Snake pens are launched and will become valuable collector’s items.

1914

Parker’s Trench Pen is designed for soldiers and uses dry ink tablets activated by adding water. In this year, Russell Parker joins the company.

1918

Parker’s sales surpass the US$1 million mark for the first time.

1921

Parker launches Duofold, a large, bold, premium-priced pen, which captures the spirit of the Roaring Twenties. Soon afterwards, Duofold becomes world famous with the ‘Big Red’, for its new bright orange colour and 25-year guarantee.

1921

Parker launches Duofold, a large, bold, premium-priced pen, which captures the spirit of the Roaring Twenties. Soon afterwards, Duofold becomes world famous with the ‘Big Red’, for its new bright orange colour and 25-year guarantee.

1945

The World War II German surrender is signed with a Parker 51 provided to General Dwight D. Eisenhower by his friend Kenneth Parker. General Douglas MacArthur uses his wife’s Duofold to sign the Japanese surrender.

1954

Production begins on the Jotter, Parker’s ballpoint pen. The Jotter sells 3.5 million in its first year and remains popular today.


1957

Designed in 1933 by Joseph Platt, a prominent designer of the 1930s, the famous Parker arrow was inspired by Kenneth Parker’s passion for revolutionary transportation and aviation. First featured as a clip on the Vacumatic pen, it symbolises Parker’s pioneering attitude. In 1957, it became the brand’s emblem and evolved in 2015 to match the brand’s modern standards of sophistication and luxury.

1962

Parker is awarded the Royal Warrant by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming the official supplier of writing instruments to the Royal Household.


1964

The New York World’s Fair opens. Parker’s pavilion features an IBM computer that matches ‘pen friends’ from all over the world, thus becoming the original social network.

1969

To commemorate the American moon landing, a Special Edition Parker Classic was created. The pen contained a small amount of moon dust.

1969

To commemorate the American moon landing, a Special Edition Parker Classic was created. The pen contained a small amount of moon dust.

1996

A commemorative Duofold edition pen is launched to acknowledge the American artist Norman Rockwell, who produced several pieces of artwork for Parker dating back to 1929.


2009

Parker Premier is launched, using innovative and aesthetic materials.


2011

Parker 5th technology is introduced, together with Parker Ingenuity, revolutionising the pen industry with an innovative mode of writing.


2013

Parker celebrates the act of writing by collecting, exhibiting and sharing written words from global and local opinion leaders that inspire, pass through time and travel across nations for future generations.

2015

Parker announces enhancements to the Duofold and Sonnet collections alongside an elevated new take on the Parker brand identity, encouraging people to slow down, organise their thoughts and embrace better thinking.

2015

Parker announces enhancements to the Duofold and Sonnet collections alongside an elevated new take on the Parker brand identity, encouraging people to slow down, organise their thoughts and embrace better thinking.

Parker Pen Company History


Discover the treasured Parker pen company history, from its inception in 1888 to wartime efforts and beyond. Throughout Parker’s history, you’ll find inspiration and devotion to the art of fine pen making, love of country and passion for quality. Explore a legacy that earned Parker pens two Royal Warrants in recognition for the ‘highest standards of service, quality and excellence’. Learn how peacetime accords were signed with Parker 51 and Parker Duofold pens. Begin your own legacy with an elegant Parker pen today.