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Colors: The Parker Vacumatic

Hand painted by Michael Richter with additional text by Richard Binder
Colors: The Parker Vacumatic
The Many Hues of Parker: In August 1932, Parker announced the next generation in fountain pens, the Golden Arrow. The pens actually went into production in 1933; the name underwent rapid changes to Vacuum Filler and then to Vacumatic, and a legend was born. The Vacumatic line remained in Parker’s stable until about 1948; as best I can tell, Parker ceased using the Blue Diamond, which indicated a lifetime waranty, and ended production of the Vacumatic at the same time. Over the lifetime of the Vacumatic, a broad array of colors was available; but not all of the colors were offered at the same time. When the Vacumatic went on the market in 1933, the Standard line was offered in black, Burgundy Pearl, and Silver Pearl, while the Junior line was offered in black, marbled Grey or Burgundy, and Crystal. A the end, Vacumatics were available in Emerald Green Pearl, Azure Blue Pearl, Golden Pearl, and Silver Pearl. The information here is as accurate as possible, but you should not take it as absolutely authoritative.
This article shows the striped “Pearl” colors, then the Junior colors (“Golden Web,” marbled, and Shadow Wave), and finally the the black versions.
In addition to the changes in the Vacumatic’s color palette, Parker also made changes in the pen’s design; for more information, including photographs of the external appearance of the Vacumatic, see Dating by Design Features: The Parker Vacumatic. A technical description of the Vacumatic filling system is given in Anatomy of a Fountain Pen II: The Vacumatic.
Striped Colors
Color Name Years
Emerald Green Pearl Emerald Green Pearl 1935-1948
Azure Blue Pearl Azure Blue Pearl 1941-1948
Burgundy Pearl Burgundy Pearl 1933-1941
Golden Pearl Golden Pearl 1936-1948
Silver Pearl Silver Pearl 1933-1948
Junior Colors
Color Name Years
Golden Web Brown (“Golden Web”) 1936-1938
Grey Grey 1934-1938
Green Green 1935-1938
Burgundy Burgundy 1934-1938
Shadow Wave Black Shadow Wave Black 1938-1939
Shadow Wave Brown Shadow Wave Brown 1938-1939
Shadow Wave Grey Shadow Wave Grey 1938-1939
Shadow Wave Green Shadow Wave Green 1938-1939
Shadow Wave Burgundy Shadow Wave Burgundy 1938-1939
Color Name Years
Opaque Black Opaque Black 1934-1938
Black Visometer (early longitudinal striped) Black Visometer (early longitudinal striped) 1934
Crystal Crystal (completely transparent barrel) 1934-?
Laminated Black Laminated Black 1935-?
Black Visometer (later version) Black Visometer (later version) 1936-?
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