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Eberhard Faber Columbia

The image above is from the 1907 Eberhard Faber Company catalog: pencil no. 485, called Columbia, finished in patriotic red, white, and blue. It was a hex pencil, complete with a nickel-plated ferrule and white eraser. I’m not certain in which year … Continue reading

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Berolzheimer, Illfelder, Reckendorfer, Faber, and the Rubber-Tip Pencil Company

This small note is an interesting artifact: the sender, recipient, and the year in which it was written all bear significance in the history of pencil-making in America, and by extension, Bavaria. The senders, Berolzheimer and Illfelder, were the founders … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber Polita

Another surprising use for this long-discontinued eraser-like product: quickly and gently smoothing burrs that may occur on tuning posts.

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Preserving the Past: Creekside Digital

© Creekside Digital, 2017 I’ve always had a fascination with old documents, especially music manuscripts. Most of the time the few I could get my hands on were facsimile editions, and many of those only through interlibrary loans. Over the … Continue reading

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Glenn Gould’s 85th Year

Images from an article I wrote for Glenn Gould magazine (Volume 8, No. 1). Glenn Gould would have been 85 years old today. The part of me that recognizes this is the same part that wonders what wonders he had left … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber: Black Chalk Artist’s Sketching Crayons

Not quite pencils, but close enough. Eberhard Faber’s Artist’s Sketching Crayons came in a smart-looking folding case that closed with a snap. They were available in two grades: soft and medium soft. I don’t know when they were first offered, but … Continue reading

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Vignette

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Oh, Irma

That was my favorite umbrella, too. She’s not here yet, but there are squalls before the storm. Just a quick post while electricity remains. Good thing pencils float.

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Pencil Sample Books

Based on some of the comments from the previous post, I’ve gathered together a few examples of pencil sample books and sample folders. They used to come in a great variety of shapes and sizes during their heyday, including samplers … Continue reading

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