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Eberhard Faber’s 1856 Copybook

This Francis & Loutrel bookplate is from a letterpress copybook once owned by Johann Eberhard Faber (1822-1879). The book’s pages are very delicate and tissue-thin. There isn’t a great deal of content though, only about 10% of the pages have anything … Continue reading

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“The grief, the disappointment, yes, the almost abject despair…”

One cannot help but feel the pain of Walton Day, who in his 1894 monograph The History of a Lead Pencil (published by the Jos. Dixon Crucible Company), recounts the loss of a single unsharpened pencil during his youth. Not just … Continue reading

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Lexivikinger

Photo: lexikaliker.de Congratulations to Gunther of Lexikaliker and to Viking on the new Verso pencil. From the Viking website (translated through Google): This is quite remarkable. Not only is it a technical achievement on the part of Viking, it’s also an example … Continue reading

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1917: England, France, and Germany

The images posted here are scans of a monograph handwritten by John Eberhard Faber II, titled: The History of the Lead Pencil. Over the course of twelve pages Faber’s version of history begins in ancient Egypt and Assyria, wends through Barrowdale and … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber History and The Pencil Museum on Staten Island

Photo: New York City Parks Artist Jackie Mock has mounted an installation in Faber Park, Staten Island, which features pencils made by the Eberhard Faber Company. Allison Meier, of Hyperallergic.com, has written a feature about it here. Thanks to Micheal … Continue reading

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A.W. Faber Taschenstift No. 018

This pocket pencil and point protector were made by A.W. Faber-Castell. The point protector is nickel-plated and has a gold-plated tip and slide ring. Close inspection of the tip reveals a small imprint: “A.W. Faber Paris” I’m not certain of … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber-Castell (3)

Eberhard Faber IV (center) meeting with the board in 1971 (© Fortune). This wasn’t the first time Eberhard Faber Inc. had experienced difficulty. Leading up to 1971, the company had lost money for three consecutive years and had experienced a twelve-week … Continue reading

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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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