These images and text are from a 1921 advertisement, extolling the benefits of one of the many products featuring Eberhard Faber’s newly invented clamp eraser design. It was double-ended, allowing for a pencil eraser and an ink eraser.
Not so fast: if the eraser can be adjusted as it wears (II), how is it then that “the fingers do not come in contact” (III) with the eraser? Must be some Eberhard Faber clamp clamp I don’t know about (which, when not in use, can be hung on any office wall with their clamp clamp clamp).
There is an aspect to this product that leads me to a question—one that doesn’t seem to be talked about in polite circles—so I might be inadvertently breaking some social taboo that I don’t know about. But I have to ask: Haven’t we—for like the past 100 years or something—just been kidding ourselves about ink “erasers”? Did manufacturers hope that consumers just wouldn’t notice that they do little else besides tear paper and spread suffering, or has it simply been the longest, most unprecedented run of guileless optimism in history? “We’ve long known that our company’s ink eraser products don’t work, but you never know…they might!”
I’ll take two.