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1874 Eberhard Faber Catalog

This catalog and price list from the Eberhard Faber Company dates back to 1874. I’ve had in mind the idea of creating a facsimile edition and printing a small quantity for sale. The catalog has been professionally digitized by a … Continue reading

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Baroness Ottilie von Faber: Between Sun and Moon

I have mentioned before that to research the Fabers means to encounter a great repetition of names. One small example: The three most-frequently mentioned brothers—Lothar, Eberhard, and Johann—all share the same first name (Johann). Eberhard’s wife? Johanna.  Therefore, it would … Continue reading

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Ottilie von Faber-Castell – Eine mutige Frau

There appears to be a historical drama about Ottilie von Faber-Castell in the works, which will be broadcast and released on DVD in September. Here is a trailer for the film: You can see a making-of video here. © Pandastorm … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber Tee-Vee Pencil

These Eberhard Faber Tee-Vee 1142 pencils remind me that there must have been thousands upon thousands of pencil brands in their company catalog. Over the course of 138 years, how many different brands of wood-cased lead pencils could there have been? … Continue reading

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“We choose to go to the moon…”

A photo by Laurie Spiegel of her Eberhard Faber Blackwing, which to me evokes the image of a rocket flying past the sun or perhaps the moon. Laurie’s music was included on the Golden Records affixed to Voyager 1 and 2, all à … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber’s “Graphite Pencil Company”

In 1894, the Eberhard Faber Company dissolved its agency with A.W. Faber in Germany. A point of contention between the two companies—one that would see twelve years’ worth of lawsuits fought in New York and Bavarian courts—was the use of … Continue reading

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Pencils from the 19th Century

(Click photos for a larger version.) Pencil-making in 19th-century America is part history and part folklore. William Munroe is often cited as one of the earliest American pencil manufacturers, along with the Thoreau family, Ebenezer Wood, Horace Hosmer, and Benjamin … Continue reading

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Copying Pencils, Indelible Pencils, and the Excluded Middle

Sometime around 1923, the Eberhard Faber Company wanted everyone to know the difference between indelible pencils and copying pencils. To that end, they offered this explanation to the stationery trade: Perhaps I’ve misinterpreted the description, but I’m left with the … Continue reading

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“Behold the Woof Woof”

The Eberhard Faber “Woof Woof” was issued in 1923, something that The American Stationer and Office Manager saw fit to note: There was even some poetry written by an ‘admirer’ of the Woof Woof: It’s hard to say how many Woof … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber 1911: The Cost of Display Boxes

While we might come across contemporaneous price points for pencils and pens in vintage advertisements, information about dealer cost is less forthcoming. In December of 1911, the Eberhard Faber Co. brought out three new display boxes: “Luna Park”, “Fortress” (Ein … Continue reading

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