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Eberhard Faber-Castell (2)

By April of 1987 the assembly plant in Mexico was running at about 50% for pencil production, causing shipments to lag some 24% behind company projections. The top two priorities then for Eberhard Faber, Inc., were to bring the Mexican … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber-Castell (1)

1985 was a difficult year for Eberhard Faber, Inc. Despite an overall increase in sales of nearly 7%, several factors negatively impacted their bottom line, including: increased marketing expenses, price-cutting by the competition, a substantial reduction in inventories, as well … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber: Mongols On Display

A company photo of Mongol pencils taken at the factory in Greenpoint, sometime in the early 1900s.

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Pencil Day, 2018

It’s also Good Friday, so…you know…

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It Takes A Village (Inn)

Service at the local Village Inn is just slow enough to get a little work done. Yes, that is a World War II-era Eberhard Faber Mongol with a plastic ferrule. No, I didn’t bring my own potato peeler, it’s a pencil … Continue reading

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Regarding The First Attachable Eraser, Part 3

A scan of the original, handwritten decision of the court regarding J.B. Blair’s patent, 1875. The patents for the pencils and erasers I’ve mentioned so far are only a small sample of those filed and granted between 1858 and 1900. … Continue reading

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Regarding The First Attachable Eraser, Part 2

For an object as quotidian as the pencil, documenting who-thought-of-what-when is a difficult task. But between those who have an idea first and those who patent an idea first, history tends to favor the latter. 1858 Hymen Lipman was granted … Continue reading

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Regarding the First Attachable Eraser (It Wasn’t Lipman), Part 1

Old News Hymen Lipman’s name often comes up in response to a question such as: “Who was the first person to attach an eraser to a pencil?” This seems fair, and (partially) accurate—Lipman was granted a patent in 1858 for … Continue reading

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A.W. Faber In America: 1850

Photograph of Lothar von Faber’s portrait, from an original copy of The Lead Pencil Manufactory of A. W. Faber at Stein near Nürnberg, 1865. A.W. Faber’s efforts to establish an agency in America began in 1843. By 1849 Lothar Faber’s younger … Continue reading

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Pencil, Paper, And A Ruler

It’s all old stuff, but it always works.

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