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Parker Pen Co.

Parker Pen Company had a strong sales force in the US in the late 1940s and early 1950s and began looking for other products to market along with their popular pens and pencils. They got together with the Quercia family - Flaminaire - to sell the recently introduced Flaminaire Crillion lighter in the US, as Flaminaire had no US sales force. Due to the fact that the Parker Flaminaire used a proprietary gas tank (as all of the early butane lighters did) they were expensive to refill, as a new tank had to be purchased and put into the lighter. Meanwhile, other lighters were coming out that were refillable and, therefore, much more economical to use. Parker was in the Flaminaire business only from about 1950 - 1956.