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1839
The Cross Pen Company Founded
America's oldest manufacturer of fine writing instruments was established in 1839 by Richard Cross and Edward W. Bradbury. Manufacturing in the Providence, RI, facility first was limited to elegantly tooled gold and silver casings of wooden pencils.
1846
Cross Since 1846
The "Since 1846" in the company logo commemorates the birth year of 2nd generation Cross legacy, Alonzo Townsend Cross, Son and Grandson of the founders. Alonzo was an innovator of his time, he invented pencils, fountain pens, leather cases, and the first steam engine car in Rhode Island.
1871
Richard Cross and Sons
In 1871, founder Richard Cross teaches his two sons the Pen and Pencil business. Later that year, he announces a co-partnership with Henry and Alonzo Cross by changing the name of the business to Richard Cross and Sons.
1880
A. T. Cross Factory
A. T. Cross Factory at 53 Warren Street, Providence, RI was operated by a steam engine of 10 horse powers. By early 1881 the Cross manufacturing building on this site was completed and would serve the company for the next 80 years.
1889
The "Peerless" Fountain Pen
The Cross Pen Co. created its very first fountain pen in Providence, Rhode Island in 1889. It was called "Peerless" because it had no peers to match its exquisite design, and quickly became an American classic.
1910
1st Boss Family Member
In the years to follow, the Boss Family becomes an integral part of the Cross history. The first family member to work for Alonzo Cross was 12 year old Ellery Boss*. Ellery would work after school helping out where he could, slowly learning the trade. In later years he leads the development of our ballpoint pen technology.
* Featured in center
1916
Walter R. Boss Purchases Cross
As the second Boss to work for Cross, Walter R. Boss quickly learns the trade and has a passion to keep the Cross business alive. He purchases Cross in 1916, where it will remain in the Boss family until September 2013.
1940
Cross Business Gift Line
As this 1940's ad depicts to the left, Cross was notorious for their custom Corporate Gift personalization services. In the early 1800's, Cross launched what many to this day think of as their first Business Gift Items: a novelty line of pencils in the shapes of knives, letter openers, rulers, and screws.
1953
Cross Develops the Ballpoint Pen
The ballpoint pen had been in the market since 1945; however, Cross wasn't ready to launch this new technology until they had the quality they demanded. In 1953, with the help of Ellery Boss, and the availability of better paste inks, made it possible to release the Cross-quality Ballpoint pen line.
1958
The Boss Legacy Continues
In 1958 a second generation of the Boss family joins Cross - Brad Boss, shown to the right with Russ Boss, will one day be CEO of the Cross Brand and take them to the end of the 20th century. He handed over his CEO position to Ron Boss and continued as Chairman until he retired in 1999.
1970
Cross Expanded Internationally
Cross has been an international company since the 1970's, opening their first distributor relationship in Japan. Image of a young man in Tokyo buying a Cross ballpoint pen for a friend's traditional "coming of age day" - her 21st birthday.
1991
The Townsend Line
The Townsend line, named for Alonzo Townsend Cross, descended from the distinguished Newport gold- and silversmithing family, took its inspiration from the company's 1938 Art Deco fountain pen, but in shape, style and interior design it was entirely new. To this day it's known as the "Pen of U.S. Presidents".
1996
Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London
In 1996, the A.T. Cross Company commissioned a bell from Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London, as a gift to the Smithsonian Institution, which also celebrated its 150th anniversary that year.
2014
168 Years of Signature Moments
A.T. Cross headquarters in Lincoln, RI has expanded several times to meet international demand for fine writing instruments.
Cross writing instruments are sold in 89 countries. The company has writing instrument marketing subsidiaries in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, UK, Ireland, Benelux, Germany, France and Spain.
1839
The Cross Pen Company Founded
1846
Cross Since 1846
1871
Richard Cross and Sons
1880
A. T. Cross Factory
1889
The "Peerless" Fountain Pen
1910
1st Boss Family Member
1916
Walter R. Boss Purchases Cross
1940
Cross Business Gift Line
1953
Cross Develops the Ballpoint Pen
1958
The Boss Legacy Continues
1970
Cross Expanded Internationally
1991
The Townsend Line
1996
Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London
2014
168 Years of Signature Moments
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