he Minim was offered officially in 1958 in the US and 1960 in the UK, with bodies in the colours of black, grey, red and blue and also in two high end versions of 14k gold plate with longitudinal engraved lines, and, in the US only, a 14k solid gold in a plain smooth finish or barley was offered. The earliest 1957 plastic versions were initially referred to as the Shorty Jotter and had stainless steel caps, but these were soon replaced on account of Dan Parkers notion that the ladies preferred gold. And the name was also changed to the more feminin "Minim."
Walter Bieger remembers how Dan Parker came to him and said "Wally, what I'd really like to see, is a short pen for women, where the outside of the pen is no longer than the Jotter cartridge it contains!"
Walter Bieger replied "Okay", and went to work, designing the mechanism and the pen casing to go with it.