My Collection – Photos and Commentary


Lo-Well was one of many pencil companies that were once headquartered in New York City.  Their main brand was Tech, varieties of which are shown here:

They also had an original series of pencils that appears to have been marketed for various professions –

I wonder how popular these were.  Did liquor store owners really prefer to use The Liquor Pencil?  Did priests covet The Clergyman’s Pencil?


7 responses

  1. Very interesting! Do you know something about the “X” with the four dots and why it was used on pencils? It is similar to the German “Andreaskreuz” symbol and has also been used on German pencils but I haven’t found out about its meaning yet.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    • It’s interesting because you can find the same symbol on several Eberhard Faber pencils as well. You might be interested to know that in a musical context, it’s used as a stylized version of a “double-sharp”, i.e. a pitch that is raised by two half-steps.

      June 13, 2011 at 5:41 am

      • Interesting. Whatever the mark’s other meanings, I think that on pencils, it is just a decoration that is often used as a separator. It appears on many brands from many companies. Perhaps I will show a set here. I call it the “Dotted X.”

        June 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

      • Gunther

        Very interesting indeed! I haven’t heard about the symbol’s meaning in a musical context before. Maybe it was just popular at that time and therefore used as a separator (as Fred has suggested) without a deeper meaning, at least on pencils.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:20 am

  2. Very interesting to see the various profession pencils. Certainly seems an idea worth trying.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:09 pm

  3. Amongst mine, I’ve got the Dairy Pencil, so the list goes on and on!

    June 13, 2011 at 6:02 am

  4. Anonymous

    There is also a Hospital pencil that goes with this set. Great site btw.

    August 13, 2011 at 5:57 am

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