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The Thrifty Pencil

A vintage blotter or advertising card for Dixon Ticonderoga. The Scottish bagpiper (bagpenciler?) character is reminiscent of Canadian Tire money and Sandy McTire. The Plymouth Building was demolished in 1965 according to Winnipeg Buildings. The six digit phone number might be another guide to dating the ad.

FILA’s global pencil

Made by the FILA Group, these pencils from subsidiary brands appear to be roughly the same. They are made at FILA’s main plant in China, and sold under established national brand names. Very established brand names – LYRA (Germany) dates from 1806, and Dixon (USA) from 1795. FILA itself is a relative newcomer, established in [...]

The Dixon Oriole pencil and an unusual sharpener

Does anyone remember the Dixon Oriole? The official product page calls them a “first-rate commercial grade woodcase pencil offered at an economical price”. Hmmm, “commercial grade”. Well I ordered them online after finding a store that had some older US made stock. Or so I thought. I should have known what was coming – the [...]

Dixon Ticonderoga tri-write pencil

Does Dixon still make pencils in the United States? It is very hard to say, but here are some “Made in U.S.A.” “tri-write” pencils found just last week at a Grand and Toy store here in Canada! They appear to be new, and are sold in a cardboard/plastic package of eight. The cynic in me [...]

Dixon Ticonderoga Laddie and Beginners pencils

Here are a couple of oversize pencils from Dixon – the Laddie and Beginners. The Beginners in particular seems to make people laugh when they see it. There is definitely something amusing about it. It looks just like a regular Ticonderoga, except that it is round and almost twice the diameter. The Laddie is somewhere [...]

Dixon Ticonderoga Noir pencil

Has Dixon gone too far in extending the Ticonderoga brand? Fort Ticonderoga has played a part in French, British, and especially American history. It played a landmark role in the American revolution. The Ticonderoga pencil has been named and marketed such that its identity is inextricably bound with this history. Dixon, dating from the 18th [...]