The History of LAMY Pens
1930 - C. Josef Lamy, who had previously worked as an export and branch manager for a manufacturer of writing instruments, set up his own business in Heidelberg, the Orthos Füllfederhalter-Fabrik.
1939 - At the beginning of World War II, more than 200,000 fountain pens were being produced annually under the ORTHOS and ARTUS brands.
1948 - Three years after the end of the War, the name of the firm was changed to C. Josef Lamy GmbH - the start of a new era.
1952 - The streamlined fountain pen LAMY 27 was created, symbolising the birth of the LAMY writing instruments brand and the firm’s breakthrough on the writing instrument market.
1957 - C. Josef Lamy GmbH relocated to the present location in Heidelberg-Wieblingen.
1962 - Dr Manfred Lamy joined his father’s company as Marketing Manager at the young age of 26.
1964 - The LAMYexact, Germany’s first ballpoint pen with a large-capacity refill and a tip made of stainless steel, was launched by LAMY.
1966 - LAMY introduced a fountain pen with the name LAMY 2000, creating the LAMY design we know and love today.
1972 - LAMY is sold by specialist retailers to help fund impressive sales aids such as the Lamy writing centre, creative sales campaigns and the Lamy Distributor Advisory Council.
1973 - Dr Manfred Lamy is became the sole Managing Director of C. Josef Lamy GmbH.
1974 - The LAMY cp1 by Gerd A. Müller launched a programme of writing instruments that interprets the theme of “functional design” and attracted attention from new target markets.
The LAMY cp1 ballpoint became Germany’s highest-selling pen in its class.
1876 - The advertising of the LAMY brand is completely revamped.
1980 - A breath of freedom and adventure launched the new LAMYsafari.
1981 - The new central warehouse was built.
1982 - The LAMYwhite pen became the worlds first and most copied writing instrument in white.
1983 - One year later Wolfgang Fabian excels adds to the LAMYspirit of design with the introduction of LAMY logo.
1986 - 20 years of design are celebrated at LAMY.
1987 - The LAMYabc for children was launched, just in time for the start of school.
1998 - The LAMYaccent won the ‘Good Design Award’.
1999 - “The Joy of Writing” by Hans Hegers was released by LAMY.
2001 - LAMY launched a new, small pocket pen: the LAMYpico.
2003 - Richard Sapper, Germany’s designer legend based in Italy, launched the LAMY dialog1.
2004 - LAMY launched two new writing instruments presented for the first time at PAPER-WORLD in Frankfurt, the LAMYpickup and the LAMYvivo.
2006 - The LAMY 2000 celebrated it’s 40th birthday.
At the age of 70, C. Josef Lamy GmbH, retired from the Management Board.
2007 - Qualified economist and brand expert Bernhard M. Rösner continued the life’s-work of Dr Lamy as sole Managing Director.
The LAMY pur is launched.
2008 - Dr Manfred Lamy is presented with the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany.
2010 - A major German insurance company placed an order for 300,000 LAMY logo pens, the biggest promotional gift order in the firm’s history.
2011 - LAMY plus, LAMY aquaplus, a range of high-quality coloured pencils and paint boxes for all artists from the age of three are launched.
2012 - The LAMY scala is launched.
2013 - Lamy was commended with the German Standards Brand Award in the ”Fountain Pens“ category and was added to the compendium "Brands of the century – lighthouses in the sea of brands".
2015 - The LAMY dialog 3, the first capless fountain pen, is launched.
2016 - LAMY celebrated “50 Years of Lamy Design”.