Pelikan Pens

1838
Formal year of foundation of the artist color and ink factory by the chemist Carl Hornemann.

1878
Günther Wagner registered a Pelican (from his family emblem) as one of the first German trademarks.

1901
Pelikan's most famous ink series 4001 was first presented this year.

1906
Administration and production space moved to Hannover on the Podbielskistraße.

1929
This was the year in which the legendary Pelikan fountain pen was born. Well known with the green marbled shaft und the pioneering differential piston mechanism.

1934
The cheaper version of a fountain pen was released under the product description "Rappen". Also a mechanical pencil was released with the name "AUCH PELIKAN" to the production program.

1936
The model IBIS fills the place of the model "Rappen".

1938
This is the year of the 100 year anniversary of Pelikan. The logo would redesigned for the anniversary cataloque that it would remain for the next 60 years. Also a new fountain pen was released, the model 100N.

1950
At this time Pelikan released a new fountain pen, the model 400. The shaft is no more green marbled, like the modell 100/100N, but now green striped. It is really synonym for Pelikan fountain pens at all.

1960
A new school fountain pen was introduced into the marketplace, named "Pelikano". It was at the first time a cartridge pen. This pen became popular at a very short time to students and teachers.

1965
Pelikan purchased the manufacturer Greif in Goslar. Greif had also procuded fountain pens from the 1930s until

1973
The facilities on the Podbielskistraße could no longer be expanded. Therefore the production of writing instruments was moved to Peine/Vöhrum nearby Hannover.

1982
Like the model 400 from the 1950s Pelikan released a new model the "Souverän" M400. Apart from the feed there is no different to the model who came at 1950. A new classic fountain pen had a renaissance.

1991
Pelikan purchased the manufacturer Geha in Hannover. Geha had also procuded well known school fountain pens from the 1950s until 1991.

1993
The first Limited Editon (based on the 800 series) is released under the name "Blue Ocean". It was made in a blue transparent coloring. A total of 5000 fountain pens were produced.

1996
Pelikan released a new fountain pen named "Level", a fountain pen with a very big ink reservoire.

1997
In this year Pelikan changed the design from the models Souverän and Tradition also. Cap top has now a logo from plastic, modell M400 get an upgrade with deco rings like M800, model M600 has been made a little bit larger, model M800 without gold deco at filling knob. Also the model M200 changed. At the barrel near by the filling knob there is now a decorate band. Also the cap has now only a decorate band and the top of the cap changed like the top of the model M400 but without the gold plated ring.

2003
The logo changed, only one young pelican is in the nest.

2008
Pelikan is celebrating in this year the 170 year anniversary.

2010
In 1960 the very first Pelikano was made.Now it's Pelikano-birthday and it becomes 50 years young. Cap heads of the Souverän line get a metallic logo.

2013
Pelikan celebrates 175 years of company history.