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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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Period Pencilry

(click to enlarge) Ever wonder what it might have looked like, when stores stocked such things?

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The American Slate Pencil Works of Castleton, Vermont, 1869.

Slate tablets and slate pencils were big business in the mid-to-late 19th century. The states of Vermont and New York, often referred to as the “Slate Belt”, were geologically rich in slate. Mills began to appear as early as the … Continue reading

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Happy New Year, everyone. Thanks to all who have stopped by, and to everyone who has added to this blog by way of comments and suggestions.

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