Las parker giants

Photo courtesy of Tsachi Mitsenmacher.
Parker Giant vs "51" sizes comparison.

PARKER RED GIANT.

En febrero de 1908, Parker anunció a sus distribuidores que se estaba preparando para poner en el mercado «The Red Giant», una gran pluma estilográfica tan grande y sorprendente que te garantizará una amplia sonrisa cuando la veas. La estilográfica estaría hecha completamente de ebonita de color marrón rojiza, equipada con un plumín del número 10. Su precio sería de $10,00. Asimismo animaba al cliente que, mostrando semejante ejemplar en su tienda nunca dejaría de tener una audiencia interesante. Parker informaba que estarían listos para cumplir con los pedidos alrededor del 10 de febrero.

Finalmente, la estilográfica salió al mercado se suministra con un formidable plumin nº 12 y el color definitivamente sería rojo cardenal.

Las plumas Red Giant son eyedropper, de relleno mediante cuentagotas fabricadas en ebonita, provisto de capuchón deslizante y sección joint roscada al barril . Sus medidas, muy aproximadas, ascienden a 148 mm de largo, con un capuchón de 19 mm. de diámetro. Con el capuchón pospuesto presenta una impresionante medida de más de 21 cms.

Las Parker Giants no se fabricaron de llenado automático por pulsador «button self-filler«, según Parker debido a su extraordinaria capacidad de carga de tinta y a la poca necesidad de llenado… aunque tampoco sería suave ni cómodo de usar un botón con un saco y palanca de semejante tamaño!

Parker Red Giant. Courtesy of Gary and Myrna Lehrer.
Parker Red Giant details. Courtesy of Stilusaurea. See more photos by clicking on the image.

Estas estilográficas montan el famoso alimentador Lucky Curve «árbol de Navidad» fabricado en ebonita rojo cardenal.

En los años anteriores a montar el clip de arandela, con un coste adicional de 25 c. níquel y 50 c. chapado en oro, Parker podría aplicar a sus estilográficas el clip patentado por Levi Van Valkenburg mediante maquinaria especial. Este clip, marcado «Parker VV Pat. Feb. 12, 07» los veremos montados en algunos Red Giants.

La impresión de su barril de tres líneas es: a la izquierda, GEO S. PARKER – JANESVILLE – PAT.JAN.9.94. En el centro, el BANNER DE LA CURVA DE LA SUERTE y, a la derecha, FOUNTAIN PEN – WIS. U.S.A. – JUN.28.98 JAN.3.05 JUN.6.05.

Parker Red Giants imprint
Parker Giant Lucky Curve feeds and nibs. Courtesy of Tsachi Mitsenmacher.
Parker Giant Lucky Curve feeds and nibs. Courtesy of Tsachi Mitsenmacher.
Parker Giants. Courtesy of Tsachi Mitsenmacher.
Parker Giants. Courtesy of Luiz Leite.

PARKER BLACK GIANT. The King of pens.

Parker Side Talks. March 1914. «THE RED GIANT. Price $10.00. Furnished Red or Black. The king of pens. Not everyone would care for such a pen, but there are many who do. This pen fills the want of those who want «the biggest pen you make.» The gold pen is a No. 12 and the barrel Is big enough so you can drop into it an ordinary sized pen and almost lose it. If you like a big pen, here you are.»

This big pen is known as the Black Giant with its 155 mm length and 19 mm cap diameter. It is fitted with a No. 12 gold pen. The price is $10.00. One does not realize its immensity until he compares it with an ordinary-sized fountain pen.

Almost all Parker “Black Giant” pens have the Jack-Knife Safety screw cap. Some of these are stamped “Black Giant” on the cap, some are stamped “Jack Knife Safety” on the cap but neither stamp is needed to identify or authenticate the pen. Its size itself is all the authenticity required.

As we can see in the photo below, a few “Black Giant” pens have slip caps and these are presumed to be earlier than the screw cap version.

Parker Giant clip just punched blank. Tsachi Mitsenmacher.
Parker Black Giants with nickel and gold-filled washer clip and without them. Slip-fit and threaded caps. Courtesy of PBA Galleries, Berkeley, CA. (photos © Justin Benttinen).
A Parker Black Giant inside its box case. Courtesy Tsachi Mitsenmacher.
Parker Black Giant Sidetalk

«Parker especially recommends this pen to insurance agents, and salesmen, to anyone, where the question of salesmanship is involved, as regarding the signing of an order, or contract, commenting to its dealers that the immensity of the pen will invariably call forth a pleasant smile and break down the resistance of your prospective buyer. As a sales assistant – along these lines, it is an asset of splendid possibilities.

The Daddy of Them All; this is the title sometimes given the big Black Giant Fountain Pen. It certainly is a wonder and do you know that there are many lawyers, merchants, or insurance men, who like just such a big pen, in fact we sell several thousand of these black, or red, Giants in the course of a year.

If you had one of these pens in stock, it would help you raise the average price of all the fountain pens sold. If you wanted to make a man smile who came into your store, get him up to the pen case and hand him the Black Giant. It will take a man out of the grouch class unconsciously and put him among the sunshine’s.»

Parker Black Giant regular pen compared with a short size.
A short-size Parker Black Giant furnished with a cap band.

The Black Giant three-line barrel imprint is: to the left, GEO S. PARKER – JANESVILLE – PAT.JAN.3-05.APR.11-05 At center, the LUCKY CURVE BANNER. To right, FOUNTAIN PEN – WIS. U.S.A. – APR.25-12. JUN.4.12

Parker Black Giant imprint.

In 1918 the Red Giant was discontinued, remaining the Black Giant, at least, until 1921.

Towards 1920 was introduced a short version of the Black Giant. We can find these pens in a double version; with a smooth cap or furnished with a ½” wide band.

There are Black Giant Trench pens with storage for ink pellets under the blind cap.

Parker Giant ads from1920 November & December. The Rotarian.

A PARKER BAKELITE GIANT.

In the Michael Fultz Collection index says they have a Parker Giant Bakelite barrel, but unfortunately there is no photo … a pity!

THE PARKER «ULTRA-GIANT».

At one point, George S. Parker, perhaps tired of hearing about Waterman’s “World’s Smallest Pen” from his salesmen. He decided to double the bet ordering the production of an ultra-giant pen, about 224 mm. (8 ¾”) long. Really «The Daddy of Them All» –as Parker called their Giants-.  At the end of the barrel was designed a plug to cap a hollow space separate from the ink. This end piece unscrews to reveal a hidden Parker Red “Baby» miniature eyedropper-filler fountain pen, measuring 47 mm. with a tiny, unmarked nib.

According to Fischler & Schneider, this pen was probably used as a salesman sample. Although a working pen, fitted with a #12 nib, it is too large to use.

A rare Parker "ultra-Giant" auctioned in December 2017. (© Bonhams)

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