It’s our anniversary
180年 Pelikan!

Pelikan, a company of long-standing tradition, has been making history for 180年 现在.

Pelikan, a company of long-standing tradition, has been making history for 180年 现在. On 28 April 1838, with the release of the first price list for his paint factory, the chemist Carl Hornemann laid the foundation for the success of this world re现在ned traditional company from Hanover, 德国

2018 is a special year for us – on 28 April, Pelikan turned 180 and can 现在 look back at a history that is not only very long, but has also been very eventful. It all began long ago when the chemist Carl Hornemann founded a paint and ink factory in Hanover. Business activities were launched with the publication of the first price list on 28 April 1838 – and, 与他们, the history of a successful brand that is 现在 k现在n all over the world.

公司 history

对每个人来说 who would like to have a closer look at the success story of Pelikan

Our interactive company history, as well as the book on brand history, provide a full overview of the past 180年 of Pelikan.


New discoveries from the Pelikan archive

Previously unk现在n letters from the originator of the brand, 冈瑟瓦格纳, to his successor Fritz Beindorff have been discovered in the company archives. Also among the discoveries was the original Wagner family coat of arms, 哪一个。 was probably used as an indentifying mark on honey paints for children even before 1873.

Pelikan archive

Pelikan作品 with care and passion to help make the world a better place.

It was 冈瑟瓦格纳 himself who, on the basis of his family coat of arms, designed the PELIKAN pictorial trademark for his “Small Honey 油漆”. 冈瑟瓦格纳 took the number of three chicks in the nest for the PELIKAN pictorial trademark. Honey paints were a type of watercolour, common at the time, in 哪一个。 honey was used as a binder. According to an 1873 price list, small round pans of honey paint were offered in tin boxes containing 12, 18 or 24 different colours, the paint pans being glued to the metal of the box. In designing the trademark, 冈瑟瓦格纳 abandoned what he called the “oval” shape of the shield on 哪一个。 the pelican was displayed in his family coat of arms.

After the birth of a fourth Wagner child a further chick appeared in the nest – as can be seen in the oldest PELIKAN trademark k现在n until 现在, 哪一个。 was registered on 27 November 1878.

The brand changes
with the times

The Pelikan brand tells an entire story, compressed into a single sign. It is the story of the mother pelican’s love and affection for her chick, 哪一个。, 我们都知道, will one day open its wings and fly. Thus the Pelikan brand, from its beginnings right down to today, can be understood as being symbolic of the success story of this old-established German company, a company of global importance.