Here are lots and lots of Parker pens that can claim to be a special edition pen. Thus we now know that notwithstanding the non-presidential seal it is a 'presidential' pen that entered the White House either during the JFK or the LBJ administration and at least had limited use by LBJ as a billsigner.
It is perhaps pertinent to clarify the difference between a Limited Edition, a Special Edition and a Special Purpose Edition pen. While I could not find out which bill or date of signing, it would seem probable that it occurred during the period LBJ was using the Esterbrook 'bill signer' and before he settled on the Parker Eversharp felt tip.
A Limited Edition pen is produced in a finite, limited number. Thus while it has long been believed that the Parker Eversharp was the first of the Parker bill signers it now appears that that 'honor' belongs to the Parker 45 'Demonstrator'.
A Special Edition pen is produced for a limited time period, and a Special Purpose Edition is a pen that is produced for a special occasion, for instance a signing, a store opening, a movie or such. Window Jotter Red with silver cap and GF trim The white house / Washington / With best wishes / Signature Parker Eversharp.
It’s not always easy to decide what should be called a Special Edition pen or not. 2005 Duofold Centennial Maki-E Tairyun (Twin Dragons). Felt tip, blue pen with chrome trim, signature and White House seal. Felt tip, blue pen with gold trim, signature and White House seal. Gerald Ford administration 1974-1977 Prototype: Big red Ford signature Parker 45 fp Parker 75 Keepsake blue seal and Ford signature Black Duofold BP with the Presidential seal on the cap?
Many pens are being ordered by companies in the line of company marketings, and are ordered in limited numbers and/or are being sold or given away for a limited time. Richard Nixon administration 1969-1974 Prototype: all GF jotter pen and pencil set in a black box with the seal and red lining Prototype: T1 ball pen in ditto box Prototype: Big red Nixon signature Nixon inauguration January 2, 1973 Ball point cub stand seal and “with best wishes / Richard Nixon in a white presentation box Nixon. Jimmy Carter administration 1977-1981 Prototype: Big red Carter signature Prototype: systemark brown imprinted The White House, signature and a dark brown presentation box with the seal also all silver sytemark only signature in black Big Red Presidential Inauguration / Jimmy Carter Walter Mondale /20 january 1977 Black Duofold BP with the Presidential seal on the cap?
This doesn’t mean that every Jotter or Vector with an imprinted company logo is a limited or special edition, although some pens, especially in the Duofold Centennial range, nevertheless has reached Special Edition status, like the 1992 Bank Menatep Centennial and the 2004 Rashin Centennial. There are also a multitude of pens produced for politicians, often referred to as the Presidential pens, or White House pens. Ronald Reagan administration 1981-1989 Prototype: Arrow, seal and signature Prototype: Parker “45”, seal and signature Prototype: Systemark, signature only Prototype: Parker “75” Keepsake with gold plaques Prototype: Premier black, signature Vector, Reagan/Bush inauguration, starsnstripes both signatures plus Inauguration 20 January 1985.
Nd is the legendary Parker T1 titanium pen a Limited Edition? There’s a list at the bottom of this chapter that by no means is a complete reference guide. 2005 Duofold Centennial Maki-E Koma Inu (The Guardian). Whit presentation box with seal Jotter signature Big red, Ivory, signature (different) Vector, blue with the seal and Thanks for your prayers / signature/ George Washington Univ.
It was made to honour the then ten years presence of the US in space and was made in the finite number of 104 000 fountain pens. There’s a White House tradition, dating back to Harry Truman, to sign important documents with several pens, and then giving the pens to the people who helped creating the bill or treaty. Hospital / March-April 1981 Classic desk stand silver with gold seal “with best wishes / signature” Systemark blue, silver cap, seal and signature Arrow all gold Nancy Reagan signature Ms Parker with Nancy Reagan signature Jotter, red ditto Chrome bp/mp black signature Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration Ball Point Pen STP100 Practical yet elegant, our exclusive Centennial Celebration 2011 pen from Parker a true collectible.
When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 he is said to have used as many as 75 pens for the one signature, one short stroke at the time. Kennedy had the strategy to spell out his middle name to be able to use more pens. President Reagan used Parker pens while in office so we have created these to commemorate the 100th birthday of our 40th President.
The German pen company Montblanc really didn't like when Bill Clinton not only signed a document with a fake Montblanc, but also gave out more fake Montblancs as souvenirs. Beautifully engraved with "Centennial Celebration 2011", this blue and gold pen is a great gift for anyone. George Bush administration 1989-1993 Bush-Quayle Inauguration. A Black Duofold Centennial was commissioned in 1989 by the George Bush/Dan Quayle inauguration for January 20 1989.
Barack Obama used 22 pens to sign the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Bush however preferred to use the one pen for the signing and then putting it in his own pocket, sharing unused ones as souvenirs. The first special Purpose Edition pen made by Parker was perhaps the QEII Coronation, produced as a set by Parker in England in 1953. 2003 Duofold Centennial Maki-E (Maple tree) 120 items 2004 Duofold Centennial Maki-E Fujin (Divine wind). Three different pens have been found, with a bold signature, with a thin signature and sans signature.