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Tag Archives: Eberhard Faber
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
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
It’s all old stuff, but it always works.
(click to enlarge) Ever wonder what it might have looked like, when stores stocked such things?
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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.
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
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
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
Another surprising use for this long-discontinued eraser-like product: quickly and gently smoothing burrs that may occur on tuning posts.