Corporations: Penmaker to the World

Along with the Coca-Cola bottle, the Singer sewing machine and the Willys Jeep, the Parker pen ranks as one of the best-known symbols of the U.S.

around the world. Parker's shapely"51" pens signed the Japanese and the German surrender agreements after World War II, the Korean cease-fire at Panmunjom and the Japanese Peace Treaty. Truman, Attlee and Stalin used a Parker to sign the Potsdam agreement, and Khrushchev flew home with a sup ply of Parkers after his shoe-slapping U.N. visit three years ago. In develop ing nations, where the fight against...

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