By Ron Dutcher
I haven’t been able to find much about Carey’s history. He appeared on the fountain pen scene in the early 1900’s and disappeared in the 1920’s. I have heared rumors that he was also a political cartoonist. However it is certain that he made some very lovely fountain pens.
George Kovalenko provided the following information:
The Carey Pen Co. was at 196 Broadway Ave., New York from 1908-10. I found a Boston address in 1911, at 367 Washington, and by 1914 Carey Pen Co. was located at 1433 Broadway Ave., New York, and at 291 Washington in Boston in 1917. Carey Pens, Carey Art Studio, and Carey Cartoon Service were all listed at 1433 Broadway, New York in 1917, and he also lived at the same address. Carey Art Studio was at 218 W. 42nd St. and 333 5th Ave., New York in 1920-21, and Carey Pens was at 1354 Broadway, and lived at the same between 1920-29.
For more information, see the entry for Carey in the Glossopedia.
This article is part of the Manhattan Pen Makers Project, originated by Ron L. Dutcher. Except for typographical corrections, the text is as Ron published it. Ron wanted to include photos of advertisements or pens from each maker; he had some photos, but the gallery was far from complete. Photos here are a mixture of what Ron had and what I have been able to add from my own photo library. As with other reference articles on this site, you should not take this information as absolutely authoritative or complete.