he Duettes was very popular among students. This, and the fact that they are rather brittle and prone to ink-discolouration, makes it hard on us collectors. It is hard to find items without bite marks, scratches and so on.
There were also a third pen, resembling the Duofold, offered in 1932. Contrary to the Duettes it had the black clip screws and blind caps of the Duofolds. It was offered with a clip or ring-top. Die hard Duette collectors are reluctant to group these last Duofold-thrift pens with the Duettes, although they were made in some of the same plastics.
etween 1933 and 1935 a variety of cheaper pens in interesting colours continued to be produced. Even if the depression lasted until 1939 or 1941 (depending on who you're asking) the Unemployment Relief Act of 1933 made things look a little brighter. Parker discontinued the Duettes in 1933, the unnamed Duofold-thrift probably didn't even make it that far, they seem to be very rare. Other Depression pens surfaced in a variety of designs, many very rare. There are three ringed Depression pens with the middle ring being wider, there are Depression pens
with stepped clip screws, a feature adopted by the Parkette, there are rounded pens, very similiar to the Canadian Televisor but where Televisor had a black clip screw and blind cap this was in the colour of the body. There are even strange stepped clip screws with ring tops. Most of these pens came in marbled designs later adopted by the Parkettes and Challengers to come. The Moderne was revived in Canada in the late 1930's to clean out old stock. It was in every way, save the body imprint, identical to the late style Challenger. The Parker Parco, introduced in late 1932 actually eventually became the Parkette since the first year Parkette was identical to the Parco with the exception of the clip. The clip was a three step chevron similar to the Parkette, with the exception of the step above the chevrons.
he Duettes were produced for a short time only. Maybe just for a year or two. But the strategy of never discounting top line pens had paid off. By the end of the depression, the field was dominated by four companies, in order of size, Parker, Sheaffer, Waterman, and Eversharp.