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In the mid of '20s, the fountain pens golden era, Carter decided to venture into the production of writing instruments. The modalities of its entry in the fountain pen marker are not very clear: according to some the production began with the acquisition of patents, materials and equipment from another company that recently underwent bankrupt, the Laughlin Pen Company, according to others their pens were made by the De Witt-La France, a fountain pen manufacturer whose facilities were close to those of Carter, that already produced fountain pen for the Laughlin Pen Company and provided pens for the Rexall stores chain.