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Scripto Pen Company photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS204

Scope and Content

This collection contains eight black-and-white photographs of the Scripto Pen Company plant and offices in Atlanta. It documents several types of operations being performed by workers including drafting, machinery, and assembly line work.


  • approximately 1924


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Scripto Pen Company originated as the M. A. Ferst Company in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1923. The company's name was changed to Scripto, meaning "I write" in Latin, in 1924. Scripto produced and sold mechanical pencils and pens, and in 1955, added refillable butane lighters to their product line. In late 1964 and early 1965, Scripto Pen Company faced a major labor strike, in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. participated along with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The president of the company at the time of the strike, James V. Carmichael, negotiated with the International Chemical Workers Union, Local 754, to resolve the strike and reach a settlement.

In 1974, Scripto partnered with the Japanese firm of Tokai-Seiki to sell their disposable lighters. Tokai-Seiki became Tokai Corporation and purchased Scripto in 1984. The company's name changed again in 1988 to Scripto-Tokai, and the headquarters moved from Atlanta to California with manufacturing operations in Tijuana, Mexico. The company discontinued all of its pencil products after the move. In 2006, the company's name changed to Scripto USA. As of 2012, the company is grouped with Calico brands under the parent company of Tokai World. The company's focus is solely on pocket and utility lighters, and they no longer produce writing instruments.


8 image(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2006

Related Archival Materials

Scripto Pen Company records, MSS 1013, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Description Control

Collection processed in 2012.

Scripto Pen Company photographs
Paul Crater
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305