Anniversaries (5) Das Bleistiftschloss


From July 9th to October 19th 1986, there was an exhibition at the Faber-Castell castle (schloss), celebrating the company’s 225th anniversary. This book accompanied the exhibit.

The bookmark in the following photo didn’t come with the book, but seems as good a place as any to keep it. NB: The young boy in the left-hand corner of the photo is Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell:


There are some great period photos from the ’20s and ’30s of the manufacturing process:



I’ve mentioned the Newark branch of A.W. Faber, which was confiscated by the U.S. government under the aegis of the Alien Property Act in 1918. Here is a period photo of the premises (+1 for the period after “FABER” on the sign):


There are also some color reproductions from 19th-century catalogs:


The book is written in German except for the captions, which are also written in English.

Thanks to Matthias for scoring a copy Das Bleistiftschloss for me.

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2 Responses to Anniversaries (5) Das Bleistiftschloss

  1. Matthias says:

    Interesting that the captions are in English and German. I wonder whether they were translated because they were part of the exhibition or whether items in FC’s archives are biligunal anyway.
    Nice bookmark, by the way.


  2. Sean says:

    I wonder if, short of translating the whole text, someone thumbing through the book could at least orient themselves with the English captions.

    Bookmark – thanks. It’s really sturdy; the same thing is printed on both sides. Pre-WWII maybe?


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