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Eagle Polytechnic Pencils

Following the previous post on vintage pencils, Bob from Brand Name Pencils sent some correspondence. Bob owns a complete set of Eagle Polytechnic pencils from the mid 19th century, and was kind enough to share some images.

I’ll wager that not too many products have been marketed with the likenesses of both King Maximilian […]

A. W. Faber’s Polygrade Lead Pencils

Lothar von Faber’s Polygrade is a historically important pencil. Launched in 1837, and sold until the early 20th century, the product offered pencils in a system of standard grades, and established the Faber name globally. The pencils were also the first by Faber to use the Conté/Hardmuth process of blending graphite with clay, an […]

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 2886 pencil

The predecessor of Staedtler’s iconic Mars Lumograph 100 is the Mars Lumograph 2886. According to, this particular box may date from the late 1950s.

The lid has some compelling graphics:

Half a century old, only the design indicates the age of these pencils:

The “A” in “STAEDTLER” appears to be formed […]

Staedtler 2957 colour copying pencil – continued

Continuing from the previous post, we open up the tin. I would say there is a lot of evidence of pride in the product:

The paper flaps have all sorts of fascinating information about the MARS line. I like the list of the “most important” products:

The pencils, finished in black, […]

Staedtler 2957 colour copying pencil

Pencil packaging graphics were truly amazing some years ago. This post is more a look at some particular artwork rather an exploration of the pencils.

The seams of this box have largely disintegrated:

One side of the bottom has a label:

While the box itself has some nostalgic appeal, a gem is hidden […]

Staedtler Mars Duralar

From deep inside the pencil talk vaults, the Staedtler Mars Lumograph Duralar.

The box shows many signs of age. The half gross of 2830 pencils are in the K3 grade.

Despite many advancements in the ability to render images, modern graphics are less detailed than this 20th century beauty:

The box […]