Carter’s History – A Timeline (Thanks mainly to Wikipedia)
1858: William Carter Company founded. Sold paper and repackaged other companies’ ink as his own.
1860: His brother, Edward Carter, joins the company, now called William Carter and Bro.
ca. 1862: Ink manufacture began. Another brother, John H. Carter joins the company, now called William Carter and Bros.
1865: Cousin John W. Carter, joins the company, now called Carter Bros. & Company.
1868: Ink sales now so large it moves into its own building.
1872: The “Great Boston Fire of 1982″ destroys all the company’s buildings.
1872: John W and head salesman John Dinsmore buy the ink division and start a new firm, Carter, Dinsmore and Company.
1884: Carter, Dinsmore and Company is now the largest ink producer in the world.
1888: James P dies and John W drowns. The unincorporated business incorporates as The Carter’s Ink Company.
1889: John W’s son, Richard, graduates Harvard and joins the company.
1903: Richard becomes President and continues his father’s commitment to research and development of inks, glues and related products.
ca 1925: Carter introduces a line of Fountain Pens. Probably most famous for their 1929 introduced Pearltex line.
1932-8: Carter leaves the fountain pen business to concentrate on inks.
1949: Samuel Wonders elected President.
1975: The company is sold to Dennison, now Avery Dennison.
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