Review: “Deutsche Werbegeschichte” Book

Deutsche Werbegeschichte 

Am Beispiel Günther Wagner – Pelikan

by Heinz Rings

Görres-Druckerei und Verlag GmbH, Neuwied, 2015, 292 pages


Deutsche Werbegeschichte, Heinz Rings, 2015A great new book about Pelikan has become available and I wanted to highlight it now that I’ve completed my first read through.  Published last year, the title of this book roughly translates to “History of German Advertising by the Example of Günther Wagner – Pelikan.”  This tome is 292 pages with 600 sensational illustrations of Pelikan ephemera taken from Mr. Rings’ collection as well as Pelikan’s own archives.  You learn in the first few pages that Mr. Rings is an expert in the advertising history of Germany and has been collecting ephemera for decades.  Deutsche Werbegeschichte takes a look at how Pelikan’s advertising evolved from 1880 through the year 2000.  The book is available in an unassuming plain blue hard cover and is written in both German and English with translation provided by Tamara E. Koch.  Work on this volume began in 1997 and has taken many years to come to fruition.  This is perhaps the most extensive catalogue of the brand’s advertising across a wide variety of mediums that one could hope to find available today.

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Review: “Pelikan – The Brand” Book

Pelikan – The Brand

by Dr. Detmar Schäfer

Leuenhagen & Paris, 2013, 167 pages (ISBN 978-923976-91-1)


How the baby bird got into the nest, and how many when

How the baby bird got into the nest, and how many when

“Pelikan The Brand” is a book that was published in 2o13 in order to document and relate the development of Pelikan’s brand over the decades.  It was released in time to commemorate their 175th anniversary.  The Pelikan logo is very distinctive and captivating.  Collectors have often puzzled over the differences in the number of chicks in the mother pelican’s nest and what the significance of one versus two versus four might mean.  While this information has previously been scattered and difficult to find, “Pelikan The Brand” brings it all together in a 167 page hardbound book that is an easy and informative read.

Included in the book are letters from Pelikan’s archives that had previously been unreleased as well as an extensive collection of illustrations from many renowned artists according to Pelikan.  These include Kurt Schwitters, El Lissitzky, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, and O.H.W. Hadank.  The book instantly opens with a pictorial of how the Pelikan logo developed over time from the Wagner family coat of arms to the trademark that has been in current use since 2oo3.  There are details of the company’s history as well as at least 150+ illustrations.  The book is beautifully laid out and is a very easy read.  It is written in the English language exclusively whereas other publications (i.e. Pelikan Schreibgerate) have been written in both English and German within the same publication.

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