Answer 11Author: Frodo
The experience FFF made a few years back is something I can relate to. It wasn’t about conservative thinking, so to conserve and preserve old things, it was a question of the company’s own history.
1998 I asked if they might not make an exhibition on the Heidelberg filler industry in honor of the 100th birthday of C.J. Lamy. There was no reaction to this request (and I asked a few times). Only when I handed in my catalogue personally did I get a short note from Mrs. Oblau with the same citation: Our company philosophy is future oriented, so we do not care to archive historical material. We hereby send you your original material back.
Even putting the words „Company“ and philosophy“ in one sentence is disputable, but it was a real kick in the behind. Even years later in conversations at the paper world there was no change in their reaction. I don’t want any presents, or want to sell something. I only wanted to offer something and get information in return. But I also do not want to dwell on it too much or get brought off my own belief that Lamy is the worldwide most important individual writing device company. It is possible that the company takeover by Dr. Manfred Lamy caused a historical breakage, leaving the past behind. Of course I would respect company internal or family reasons that are none of my business. But in general the following still holds stand: only those who know the past have a future.
A short time ago – maybe due to the new executives – a new thinking has begun. This can be seen in the new web-site design of the company. On one of the pages the company history with the most important dates is shown in written form and pictures. On another time line the special Design pens are shown. http://www.lamy.com/content/unternehmen%20...%20x_ger.html
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