The Palmer Method was a system of handwriting created by Austin Palmer in the late 19th century, which enjoyed decades of popularity in America. Many instructional books and editions of workbooks were printed and disseminated through the public school system, serving as a simplified solution to the more complicated Spencerian System, which was very popular at the time.
Along with written materials and workbooks, you could also purchase purpose-built pencils for practicing the Palmer Method:
I don’t know whether these pencils were designed with any specific Palmerian tenets in mind, but they are very smooth, very dark, and a pleasure to write with. It would be interesting to know who manufactured the pencils for the company:
You can learn more about the Spencer Method here. And while there is current debate about the necessity of teaching handwriting in school, it is interesting to read what was important to turn-of-the-century educators in terms of handwriting, and the lengths to which they were willing to go to produce generations of ‘good’ writers.