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  • A Birdseye View of Pelikan

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    Recently we went on a tour of the Pelikan factory and museum in Hanover, Germany. Having learnt so many interesting facts about their brand history and heritage we thought it’d be rude not to share! Pelikan History Pelikan originally started life
    as a water colour and ink specialist. Founded by Carl Hornemann in Hanover, Germany, in April 1838, the factory quickly became renowned for its inks. Günther Wagner came to work for Carl Hornemann as a chemist and workshop manager in 1863 where he…
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  • Around the World in 80 Pens (or close enough...)

    Ever wanted to know where your favourite pen brand hails from? Or wanted to know how they got started? We've devised this fun interactive map for you to try. With a marker showing the current HQ (or original location for global brands), you can zoom in
    and out, finding out more about where the brands we stock found their beginnings, how they came to be and see where all the pen and journal making powerhouses reside. The blue markers show journal and notebook brands while the red markers show pen…
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  • The History of Greetings Cards

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    Did you know that there’s such a thing as World Card Making Day?! It’s on October 7th and reminds us to remove ourselves from the commerciality of shop bought, mass produced cards. Whether it is to celebrate a birthday, Christmas or mark any other
    occasion of note, the best way to show you’re thinking of the recipient is to make your own card. In celebration of such a thoughtful event, we decided to delve a little deeper into how the humble greetings card became such a staple of our modern…
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