A very evocative limited edition
Year of Production: 1993
Number of pieces: 4692
1948 was a year of deep transformation in Italy: on Jan. 1st the Italian Constitution became effective and in April the first elections since the fall of the Fascist regime took place.
92% of the people with a right to vote expressed their preference choosing the party which would lead the young Italian Republic into the future. In the picture is shown one of the many queues of people waiting to vote.
During the 1990’s, when I was gathering information on Italian brands and their origin for the History of the Italian Fountain Pen, I was lucky enough to interview a number of former sales agents and pen shop owners who gave me precious information on many brands.
One of the most difficult brands to catalogue was WELCOME/WELLCOME which was found both on celluloid pens and on pens with semi-precious overlay.
Within the scenario of embellishments on Waterman safety pens, many overlays exist which represents mythological, literary or historical scenes with high relief decorations.
Sometimes the decoration is present on the cap only, sometimes it is distributed on the entire barrel of the pen.
The 90’s could be defined as “pen roaring” years in Italy.
From the late 1980’s to the mid 1990’s the economy was booming and people seemed to be full of trust and entrepreneurial enthusiasm.
At the time, lots of people started considering pens as a profitable investment. It is not by chance that almost every pen maker started producing limited editions to stimulate the growing trend towards “rare” and expensive pens.
The book “Waterman Safety, the Art of Overlay in Italy” was published in 1998. The structure of the book was organized making reference to a single collection of Waterman 42s belonging to the co-author of the book.
90% of the pens depicted in the book came from this same source and only a few examples were borrowed from other collections.
The chapter dedicated to Simplex pens ( vol. II pag. 70, 71), can now have some additions due to the discovery of a number of Simplex pens which were not known when the book was written.
The marketing of Simplex pens is connected with the activity of the Milan-based “ Penne e Pennini di Meda A.” company, located in Corso Magenta.