Not long ago I posted about the Norman or Normandy line of ballpoint pens that were made by Norman Gerstenzang, Inc. of New York City during the ballpoint frenzy of the mid to late 1940s. The company called itself “The world’s largest manufacturer of all-metal pens,” and their pens were mostly made of brass, sometimes gold-filled.
For some reason the company labeled some of its pens Norman or Norman “G” and others Normandy, even though there seems to be no difference beyond the name. With the latter, they played on the history of the Norman invasion of England and named their pens Knight, Long John, and Page. They also produced early multi-color retractable pens. This advertisement shows their lineup at one point.
Since my previous post, I have come into possession of more pens from this company, including some that only differ from the Norman by the addition of “G” on the clip. Perhaps this shows a progression in the naming from Norman “G” to Norman to Normandy…
One particularly interesting pen is very similar to the Page in the advertisement, but where the Page has a reversible pen/pencil insert, this one has the same sort of insert but with red and blue ballpoints. Perhaps it is the forerunner to the Two Rite retractable.
The clip imprints are the only difference in some of these pens. Here are clips labeled Norman or Normandy in the picture on the left and labeled Norman “G” on the right.
The pen I thought was the Long John in the previous post may have been some other model, because I now have a pen that matches the Long John picture in the ad, with plastic barrel and brass cap.
The gallery below contains pictures of all these pens. Click on any image to enlarge: