A Letter from George


About a year ago I let you all know I was going to retire. 

After many conversations with loyal fans, collectors, well-wishers, and prospective owners an agreement has been made, a deal formed and completed. 

First, I want to thank you all for your support, business and personal, your purchases in funding our endeavor, and your passion in spreading the RETRO 51 message to all of our fans. 

Second is to say a little about the future. 

The new owners are fans and collectors, as well as accomplished business professionals. There will be some minor changes to come but with the guidance of the existing staff the basics will be the same. 

For now: 

Vickie will continue dealing with the existing factories and the products will not change. 

Richard will remain as design guru so the hits will keep on coming.

Dan will train the new sales team as he winds down into retirement. 

Customer service will continue with the same passion for excellence it has so rightfully earned. 

And I will be available with my opinion for at least one year. 

For the future: 

In the interim, I expect a shortage of standard items but the pipeline is up and running and will be back at full force quite soon. 

As my buddy Dan says…
Thanks for workin’ 



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38 responses to “A Letter from George

  1. Kymberlee A Pearson

    Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for bringing us affordable and beautiful pens!

  2. Thanks for the fine pens, sir!

  3. Jeff

    Thanks, George, for sharing your creations with us! I wish you many happy years of retirement!

  4. MintGreen

    What great news!

    Thank you for bringing Retro 51 to life. In retirement, you can look at Retro 51 going on, and feel good.

    What a great day all around.

  5. Chris Carriere


    Congratulations on your retirement. Thank you for bringing Retro51 to so many. I for one have enjoyed all my pens. My first was I Love to Ski. I was told by the pen dealer Guiry’s I should have this and from there my collecting started.
    Enjoy your new life. Remember you never should write with an Ugly 🖊 pen.

    Drive safe,

    Chris Carriere

  6. Marje Chavez

    Thank you for the good news and enjoy your retirement knowing that your art will live on. Marje Chavez

  7. Lisa Wolfe

    Best wishes to you! Thank you for so many beautiful pens and years of joy collecting them. I am at work with one in my hand right now and still on the hunt for the Disney pens for my collection!

  8. Nor

    This is the most wonderful news! Thank you so much for creating this amazing legacy. I am so, so, so happy that this brand will live on. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement!!

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  10. deb

    our prayers have been answered! best wishes to you on your retirement! so glad we will not have to settle for ugly pens after you retire!

  11. Patricia A Davis

    That is awesome news. Sounds like things will continue in good hands. So happy these pens will continue on. I just found them a little over a year ago and now have 14 in my meager collection but now will be able to continue to grow my collection. Thank you!
    Congratulations on your retirement.

  12. Congrats on your retirement! I currently have about 55 Retro 51s and am happy to hear that my collection will continue to grow. You have brought a lot of enjoyment to the pen world. Thank you! Terry

  13. Linda Wisch-Davidsohn

    Congratulations! Glad to hear that your awesome brand is continuing. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”

  14. Raul

    It has been my pleasure to be connected to you and your team through the beautiful pens you have created over the years. To your health and happiness as you pursue new dreams!

  15. Ken

    George, thank you for the enjoyment that you’ve brought us over the years. May your next endeavour (retirement) bring you much happiness and enjoyment.
    Thank you, good luck and God Bless you.

  16. Micki Ireland

    Congratulations on your retirement!!! I’m glad to hear that the brand is going to continue. I hope that means that the fountain pen line is, also, going to continue. The last few selections have, unfortunately, only been available in rollerball and/or ballpoint. I love your fountain pens!
    Thank you,

  17. Terri McCormick

    Congratulations! Happy trails to you on your next journey. Thank you.

  18. Maja

    George–I’m a little late to the party but I wanted to join the chorus of Retro 51 fans wishing you a happy retirement and thanking you for creating this wonderful brand of writing instruments and accessories! I’m a huge fan of Retro 51 and was relieved to hear not only that the brand will live on, but that the reins have been handed over to folks who are fans. Needless to say, I plan to support the new owners by adding to my Retro 51 collection 🙂 Also, I’m so glad to hear that Richard will be staying on; he is such a talented designer and a real asset to the company.

    Looking forward to seeing the new Retro 51 offerings this year!

  19. Larry

    George & Co – Congrats on the retirement(s), and I hope you truly enjoy the coming years. You all can be extremely proud of what you have done over the last 30 years with Retro 51 – an astounding accomplishment! My first R51 acquisitions were a 10th anniversary Tornado titanium LE and a 10th anniversary Abbondanza LE, both of which I continue to cherish. Best of luck in the future, and thank you for all those great pens!!

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