Post by sanfordmirado on Feb 22, 2015 9:58:12 GMT -8
I thought that I'd contribute a thread as a new member. One of the things I like to do is see what kind of old wood pencils I can find at thrift stores. I recently scored a nearly full box of Empire #2 pencils from the 70's (nice writers). Empire was based in Shelbyville, TN.
A really odd one is a never opened pack of Eagle "Mirror" pencils that appear to have been marketed at women, as there is a picture of a model on the package. She has an early 70's hair style. The ferrule is gold colored with ~ 10 ribs. Eagle at the time was a division of Berol Corportation and based in Danbury, Conn. The package is stamped "19," so maybe 19 cents?
Another score was a few 12 dozen each boxes of old USA made Dixon ORIOLE 287 2/HB pencils.
Also bought a box of a dozen Eberhard Faber Mongol pencils, but they are #3's. There seem to be more NOS (new old stock) #3's still around as they were less popular for writing. You look at those old Mongols and realize that more technology went into making them than most wood pencils today.
I've been writing recently with a green Wallace BRITE-TONE No 2. pencil which holds point well. It came in a bag with other old pencils.
I don't find much in the way of pencils of *any* kind in my area (north of San Diego), mostly just cheap junk. I do have a double handful of "vintage" woodcase pencils gleaned from various eBay lot buys, and a larger quantity of the junky ones that I only keep until I can find someone to give them to, or I need to kindle a small fire ... <G>
Can we see a larger image of the pencil you use as an avatar? Is it a Zaner-Bloser?
Post by sanfordmirado on Feb 22, 2015 11:42:24 GMT -8
Yeah, sure. See image. I have a few of them from ebay, as I remember using a red "large lead" version when I attended parochial school for the 1st and 2nd grade. I don't remember it having an eraser (it just came to a point). I imagine that they are rare as little kids were using them. Ebay is amazing, as you can pretty much get anything that you remember from your childhood.