Passing The Torch: 70 Years Of Service

Pelikan's TintenTurmThe company that we know today as Pelikan is now 181 years old.  In all of that time, it has cultivated a rich history full of unusual anecdotes and outstanding achievements.  Just take a close look at any of their fine writing instruments and you will see a glimpse of bygone days.  Perhaps not as well known are the guardians of that history.  Those of us who have studied the company and their products are well aware of the select few who have been chosen to stand watch over precious artifacts from the days of yore.  The modern world is so focused on consumption that it seems precious little is built to last, and the history of things can quickly be forgotten.  In that setting, it is reassuring to know that there are still companies looking to preserve even a small piece of history, not because they have to but because they want to.  It is with that backdrop in mind that I would like to introduce you to Pelikan’s archivists, past and present.  Currently housed in the original location of Pelikan’s Hannover factory in what is known as the TintenTurm, the company’s archives contain a wide variety of artifacts.  These include vintage inks, prototype pens, old displays, historic advertising, and more.  We have recently passed a transition point where Pelikan’s long time archivist, Jürgen Dittmer, has officially retired and whose role is now being filled by Wilfried Leuthold.  Who are these men and what is their charge?  Read on to find out.

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