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Eberhard Faber Mongol Refill Erasers

The Eberhard Faber Co. often stated that their clamp eraser would “outlast the pencil”, but they still saw fit to provide replacement erasers. These small Mongol refill boxes contain three flat, red erasers and one metal clip: The question is whether these … Continue reading

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War Mongols

These Eberhard Faber Mongols were made in 1944, near the height of U.S. production for the Second World War. Pencils from this time period are often found to have plastic or cardboard ferrules because the metals used in traditional ferrules were vital to the war … Continue reading

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Just When Was The Mongol Introduced?

The book I Heart Design says it was in the mid-nineteenth century. In Stamps of the Philippines, Lisa Mapua says 1999 was the Mongol’s 150th anniversary (i.e. 1849). William Ecenbarger, in his 1986 article “The Write Stuff”, says it was around 1893. … Continue reading

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Bands of Brothers

WordPress tells me that Contrapuntalism is five years old today. There have been 292 posts so far and 1,014 comments. The most frequently-read post (though it is more appropriate to call it a ‘page’) is The Stein Way: A Visit to … Continue reading

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Believe It Or Not

Image © PBS It looks like Robert Ripley was a Mongol fan, too.

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Sweet Little Harriet Gimbel

What originally began as a post about an interesting photo from the 1920s quickly twisted and turned into something else. The woman in this photograph is called Harriet (or Harriette) Gimbel, who at the time was one of the players in the 1920 … Continue reading

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The Red-Winged Flightless Mongol

I try for the most part to use only photographs of my own taking for this blog. This is done as part of an attempt to offer as much original content as possible rather than being just another echo in a sea … Continue reading

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Less Waste—Longer Wear

Even slightly damaged this Eberhard Faber Mongol display is striking. I’m not sure if the white void on the right side is meant to be used for anything in particular (e.g. a retailer’s address) or if it is simply a … Continue reading

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“Grade? F.”

Even casual pencil users wonder from time to time about the numbers and letters stamped on the barrel that indicate the grade of its graphite. There is more than one explanation for those familiar Hs and Bs, not to mention No. 1s, 2s, and … Continue reading

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Mongol Monoplane ca. 1917

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