We've probably watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas a dozen times since school got out (it's the little girl's favorite) and this morning we decided to watch the "extras" that were on the same DVD. One of the extras was a humorous documentary on how the Grinch made the transition from book to animated cartoon and one of the people that did a lot of the talking was Chuck Jones. Every time he demonstrated something with paper and pencil, the pencil was always a Blackwing (easily recognized by the rectangular pink eraser).
Of course, from what little is shown it's impossible to say for certain if they were the original Blackwings or the newer Palomino version, but I'm willing to speculate that Chuck Jones could have a stash of original Blackwings that will last him for the rest of his life.
Yup, the Blackwing was Mr. Jones favorite pencil. He passed away In January 2002 long before the re-issue of the Palomino Blackwing. Other famous people used them, like the great John Steinbeck, who once said,
“I have found a new kind of pencil, the best I have ever had. Of course it costs three times as much too but it is black and soft but doesn’t break off. I think I will always use these. They are called Blackwings and they really glide over the paper.”
"I have always been a pencil."
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Post by sanfordmirado on Feb 22, 2015 9:32:02 GMT -8
I remember seeing them on the meeting table in "All The President's Men" - at least pretty sure I did. I have since found out that the Eberhard Faber Microtomic was essentially the same thing (same graphite). I got a set of 3B's from ebay, which are quite close to the originals. They say "Woodcliched," etc. The erasers on the originals were actually smaller (less width) than the current rubber ones on the Palominos.