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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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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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Period Pencilry

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

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2018

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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It’s That Time Of Year

Nothing quite says Christmastime like an Eberhard Faber XMAS Mongol 482. Its green and red lead allow you to spread holiday cheer without having to use two separate pencils.

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Beware the Dry House: Fire and the Faber Factories

The first Eberhard Faber factory (erected in 1861, on First Avenue along the East River) famously burned to the ground in 1872. That same year, the company opened their new factory in Greenpoint. Recently, I was surprised to learn of … Continue reading

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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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