These two advertisements from 1915 are a reminder that the Eberhard Faber Co. once had a dizzying panoply of accessories for their products. Of all the odd pencil-related things I have come across though, this “Humidor Assortment” is in a class by itself:
Some gems from the copy:
- “A stationery set that a man can call his own.”
- “What better gift could be imagined for the smoker?”
- “It is in every way substantial…”
- “This, by the way, is the real thing.”
The second item is a little more practical—just one of the many combinations of clips and caps that were available:
Pencils notwithstanding, it amazes me how much care and concern also went into the design of their product displays (concern enough that the company patented them, too). I imagine that this one would have been positioned on a front counter somewhere, mixed-in with the other impulse items. And don’t forget—this is from 1915.
I’m not so sure about that humidor, but you could’ve put me down for a couple protoclips.
NB: It’s called an interrobang.
When it comes to displays, in for a penny, in for a pound: