The “Pen Parker
” was one of Parker Pens
innovations to add value to the Duofold line and increase sales during the great Depression.
The idea was simple, offer a machined metal stepped Art Deco styled desk pen
base with a special spring loaded loop to let the pen
cap be used as the vase. The cost to Parker
seems to have been minimal.
In 1932, Parker pen
advertised it as “Comes without charge”. The ad copy read: “We are giving a million of these Penparker
, at no charge, with Guaranteed for Life Parker
purchased promptly, at $10, $7, or only $5.”Parker Pens
come in three different sizes to accommodate the Duofold Senior, Junior and Juniorette sized Parker pens.
One final curiosity, the drawing of the gentleman taking a pen
from his pocket in the ad bears a significant resemblance to Kenneth Parker
, who was in charge of Parker Pens
advertising among other things in 1932.