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Fountain Pen Hospital

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Caring for our writing implements since 1946

Place Details

Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Tribeca
Commercial, Shopping

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Fountain Pen Hospital is a family-run business that has operated in lower Manhattan for more than 50 years. With a rich history dating back to the 1940s, when fountain pens were a central part of daily life, the company’s story mirrors the life cycle of the treasured writing instrument itself.

Founded in 1946 by Al Wiederlight and his son Phillip, Fountain Pen Hospital opened for business at 141 Fulton Street. The company quickly developed a strong reputation for outstanding customer service and a unique ability to repair the era’s most vital business “tool.” Fountain Pen Hospital also became well known for carrying the newest writing instruments from major manufacturers Montblanc, Waterman, Parker and Sheaffer, etc. Well before 8 a.m. deep lines would form outside, with loyal customers ranging from bankers to secretaries, writers and statesmen. Ernest Hemingway, Betty Grable and Count Basie color the lore of Fountain Pen Hospital’s early days.

Soon, the need for more space forced several relocations, which eventually

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