As mother’s day quickly approaches this Sunday (14 May 2017), we take a look and honour the women leaders and influencers who also LOVE their fountain pens.
Anne Frank was a German-Jewish girl who was living in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, during WW2. The family moved from Germany to Amsterdam as a preventative measure when the Nazis came to power in Germany. The Nazis then went on to occupy the Netherlands from 1940, and Anne and her family hid in the ‘secret annexe’ of their house from 6th July 1942 until August 1944, when they were eventually captured and removed to concentration camps. The family hid in secret upstairs rooms, concealed by a bookcase. It was in this confined space that Anne Frank put pen to paper and wrote her famous and honest diary, which was later published in 1947, after her death. In 1952 this was published in English for the first time, entitled The Diary of a Young Girl. It is still very popular today and is often read in schools.
Anne was gifted with a fountain pen when she was 9 and she continued to use it when she was in the Annexe, where it, unfortunately, perished in a fire. After it was accidentally swept into the fire, her father found just the clip remaining in the stove the next day. Anne was devastated.
There has been a discussion between pen enthusiasts over the years as to what fountain pen Anne Frank used. The most popular suggestion seems to be that it was a Montblanc, but the company themselves are unable to verify or deny that, so we will no doubt never know.
Anne wrote an ode to her fountain pen; the below is an extract from that:
“My fountain pen was always one of my most prized possessions; I valued it highly, especially because it had a thick nib, and I can only write neatly with thick nibs. It has led a long and interesting fountain-pen life”
“When I was nine, my fountain pen (packed in cotton wool) arrived as a ‘sample of no commercial value’ all the way from Aachen, where my grandmother (the kindly donor) used to live. I lay in bed with the flu, while the February winds howled around our flat. This splendid fountain pen came in a red leather case, and I showed it to my girlfriends the first chance I got. Me, Anne Frank, the proud owner of a fountain pen.”
Many of Anne’s diaries and compositions were written with that fountain pen, which she clearly adored and saw as a friend and ally in the difficult times she was living in.
The Queen has ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history, becoming a much-loved and respected figure across the globe. Her extraordinary reign has seen her travel more widely than any other monarch, undertaking many historic overseas visits. Known for her sense of duty and her devotion to a life of service, she has been an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of enormous social change.
Parker 51 It is the pen that the Uk’s Queen Elizabeth has used for her own personal use since 1959. In addition, Royal Warrants have been given to the Parker company by Queen Elizabeth as well as The Prince of Wales. This pen was a symbol of luxury and prestige when it was released and dubbed “the most wanted pen” of the time. Additionally, it is also known that she uses a Montblanc’s Meisterstück
Emma Watson was born on April 15, 1990, in Paris, France, but raised in England. The actress got her breakthrough role as a child in the hugely successful Harry Potter film franchise. Watson grew up on camera as she reprised her role as one of Harry Potter’s best friends, Hermione Granger, throughout the entire course of the film series. After committing to the Harry Potter series for a decade, Watson has transitioned into a popular adult model and actress, having appeared in the popular films The Perks of Being a Wallflower, My Week with Marilyn and Beauty and the Beast. Emma Watson was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in July 2014. The accomplished actor, humanitarian and recent graduate of Brown University will dedicate her efforts towards the empowerment of young women and will serve as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in promoting gender equality.
Star of Harry Potter, Noah, The Bling Ring and…The Vicar of Dibley! Confessed to having a thing for stationery brand Parker. In an interview with #MarieClaire, Watson, while rummaging in her #Mulberry Alexa bag, said she always writes with Parker fountain pens, stating they are “So good, so good.”
That is the list of famous women leaders & influencers who love fountain pens. Did we miss anyone? Lets us know in the comments below.
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