Jotter History -
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A Brief History...
- In 1954, the Parker Jotter had an inverted "V" style clip without
the arrow engraving. The 1954 Jotter came with red, green, gray and black
barrels, made of grooved nylon, not smooth plastic. The following year,
because of the popularity of the pen, the choice of colors was extended to
include bright red, mustard yellow, bright green and bright orange. These
later colors are more difficult to find.
- In 1956, the company made the Jotter barrel smooth plastic and
changed the clip to the "21" style. This clip used a reversed "V" rather
than an inverted one. It incorporated a ball for pocket retention. This clip
remained in use for about two years. During the period this variation was in
production a metal barrel end was added in response to complaints that the
plastic tip broke from pressure. The cap-actuated Parker 51 fountain pen
also came out that year.
- In 1957, the company launched the T-Ball refill, which contained
reformulated ink and a textured tungsten carbide writing ball.
In 1958, the company added an arrow to replace the ballclip design.
The arrow has remained on all production Jotters since then. Occasionally a
jotter slipped through with a clip that had no embossed arrows. These are now
collector's items. Recent production (English manufacture) have clips in the
shape of an arrow, but no feathers
- In 1962, the company launched the cap-actuated Parker 61.
- In 1965, the company launched a Jotter desk pen in brushed
- In 1973, the company flattened the dome-shaped button and put
there the Parker imprint.
- In the 1980s, the company changed the inner cap threads from
brass to plastic.
- In 2004, the Jotter's Jubilee, the company released limited
edition designs in boxed sets. The dome shaped button was restored to its
original rounded shape that it had prior to 1973 when the flattened dome
shaped button took over. The sterling silver Jotters were made for only one
year and that was in 2004. There were several barrel colors issued to
celebrate the Jotter's 50th Anniversary.
Today's Jotters are similar to the popular, "ruggedized" version that first
came out in 1954. Over 700 million Jotters have been produced since 1954 and
production continues at Parker's plant in Newhaven, England after being
transferred there from Janesville, Wisconsin in 1999.
The 1954 "Parkergram" Jotter introduction...
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