- Heintze & Blanckertz
Heintze & Blanckertz was the first German manufacturer of dip pens. It was founded in 1842 in
Oranienburgnear Berlin. Today the company is located in Wehrheimnear Frankfurt.
"Heintze & Blanckertz - erste deutsche Schreibfederfabrik" was founded in 1842. Dip pens were important as the only other writing tool was the
quill. The company sold their products through own offices in Berlin, Leipzig and Frankfurt. Since the 1920ies the company cooperated with famous graphic designers like Rudolf Koch, Paul Rennerand Edward Johnstonand expanded on the art & crafts sector.
In 1926 Heintze & Blanckertz started to publish the design magazine "Die zeitgemäße Schrift" and three years later the "Rudolf Blanckertz Schriftmuseum" (museum of writing) was opened in Berlin. In World War II the factory in Oranienburg was bombed out and the remaining machines were confiscated by the Red Army.
The factory was re-opened in
Westberlinand moved later to Frankfurt, but the ballpen limited the use of dip pens, so the company's activities are today more on the arts & crafts sector. It produces also materials for artists and craftpeople.
The graphic collection of Rudolf Blanckertz is now part of the permanent exhibition of the
Gutenberg Museumin Mainz.
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