1933 – Parker introduce the Vacumatic, which holds twice the amount of ink as the Duofold. It was originally known as the Golden Arrow for its arrow-shaped clip, which would later become the company’s emblem.
1941 – The all-new, cigar-shaped Parker 51 is launched.
1945 – The WWII German surrender is signed by Eisenhower using a Parker 51, while the Japanese surrender is signed by General Douglas MacArthur using a Parker Duofold.
1954 – Parker launches the ever-popular Jotter range.
1957 – The T-Ball hits the market – a tungsten-carbide textured ball, which prevents ink blobbing, and still forms the basis of ballpoint manufacturing today.
1962 – The company wins a warrant to supply Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Household.
1966 – Parker’s first proto-rollerball, the Touche, was launched.
1969 – A special edition Parker Classic is designed to commemorate the moon landings, containing a tiny amount of moon dust.
1970 – The iconic Big Red, a take on the Duofold designs of old, was launched to regain some traction for the fountain pen within in a ballpoint’s market.
1975 – Parker Systemark, the company’s first proper rollerball, was launched.
1976 – Futuristic Parker 25 is launched, made to appeal to younger, fashion-conscious audiences.
1981 – The still-popular Parker Vector is introduced, proving popular with executives for everyday use.