Carry the 'Ideal' Waterman Pen, the Weapon of Peace


This 1919 advertisement for the “Ideal” Waterman pen features a woman in classical garb holding a giant fountain pen in her right hand and in her left a document labeled “Treaty of Peace.” The Treaty of Versailles, negotiated that year at the Paris Peace Conference, was signed using a solid gold Waterman pen, and this poster was an attempt to associate a commercial product with the historic event. The Waterman Pen Company was founded in New York in 1884 by Lewis Edson Waterman (1837–1901), inventor of the capillary feed fountain pen. The French subsidiary of the Waterman Pen Company was particularly successful in the marketplace, and eventually came to dominate the firm and establish it as a French enterprise headquartered in Paris. This poster is by Eugène Ogé (1861–1936), a French commercial artist who had a long and successful career producing advertisements for beer, mints, pens, and other products, but who is best remembered for his association with La Lanterne, a vehemently anti-clerical magazine for which he produced a famous poster in 1902 depicting the church as the enemy of the people.

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Vercasson, Paris


Title in Original Language

Porte plume 'Ideal' Waterman l'arme de la paix


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1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 102 x 78 centimeters



  1. Mary Bellis, “Lewis Waterman,”

Last updated: February 10, 2014