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This page contains the chronology for the year. We summarize in this page all the relevant events regarding fountain pens that happened in 1920. We also list, if present in our database, any patent applied in the year, and also the ads or document scans which publication date is in the same year.


  • A. A. Waterman was sold changing name in Chicago Safety Pen Company moving to Chicago
  • Giuseppe Zanini founds the Fabbrica e Commercio di Penne Stilografiche e Raffinati Oggetti per Arti Grafiche
  • Artcraf is founded by Ford Cromer in Birmingham
  • Autopoint is founded by W. E. Gerry in Chicago as Autopoint Pencil Company
  • Burnham is founded by Harry Burnham in London
  • Seth Sears Crocker left business and his son Seth Chilton Crocker took over the company
  • Dictator is founded by J. Hendricks, W. Burress, E. A. Paulton, Arthur Winter in New York as Dictator Fountain Pen Company
  • Kosca is founded by Paul Kohler, Christian Schaefer in Pforzheim
  • Merz & Krell is founded by Friedrich Merz, Georg Merz, Justus Krell in Bieberau



  • Patent FR-520595, applied in 1920, Stilus. Perfectionnements dans les plumes à réservoir.
  • Patent US-1358511, applied in 1920, by Claes W. Boman, Eagle. Fountain-pen clip.
  • Patent FR-517248, applied in 1920, by Berchtold & Kunz, Unbranded. Tire-ligne à réservoir.
  • Patent US-1489590, applied in 1920, by Herbert L. Carman, Swan. Magazine pencil.
  • Patent US-1379890, applied in 1920, by Paul E. Wirt, Wirt. Fountain-pen.
  • Patent GB-169616, applied in 1920, by Jean-Marie Cavaillé, Unbranded. Improvements in fountain pens.
  • Patent FR-530688, applied in 1920, by Jean-Marie Cavaillé, Unbranded. Porte-plume à réservoir.
  • Patent US-1495890, applied in 1920, by Joseph F. Day, Unbranded. Combined fountain-pen and pencil.
  • Patent US-D058001, applied in 1920, by Edward Todd Jr., Swan. Design for surface ornamentation for a pen, pencil, penknife, or similar article.



  1. as reported by Steve Hull in his book "The English fountain pen industry 1875 - 1975".