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Todd, Edward & Co.
By Ron Dutcher
Edward Todd created high quality gold pens and briefly joined with Mabie Todd before going into business for himself. As fountain pens became popular in the late 1880s, Edward Todd ordered hard rubber holders from Julius Schnell and sold these fountain pens.
Below is an image of one of my favorite pieces of ephemera, an 1893 business card, signed by Edward Todd himself. If I understand the card correctly, Edward is writing to appologize for a slow return of a repaired pen. The customer sent the pen on the 15th of September and the repair isn’t finished after two weeks. Wow… I often have to wait six months to a year to have some of my fountain pens repaired.
For more information, see the entry for Todd in the Glossopedia.
This article is part of the Manhattan Pen Makers Project, originated by Ron L. Dutcher. Except for typographical corrections, the text is as Ron published it. Ron wanted to include photos of advertisements or pens from each maker; he had some photos, but the gallery was far from complete. Photos here are a mixture of what Ron had and what I have been able to add from my own photo library. As with other reference articles on this site, you should not take this information as absolutely authoritative or complete.