My Collection – Photos and Commentary

Two-and-a-Half

There’s more than one way to represent that number, and the proof is in these pencils.  Anything other than 2½ must reflect an effort to add distinctiveness to a brand.  As a side benefit, it also helps kids learn math.

Here we have the decimal version, then use of all fractions from 1/2 through 5/10.  Then, a leap to 8/16 — distinctive indeed!

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6 responses

  1. Maethelwine

    Wonderful! I need to fumble through my meager stash and see if I have anything like this lurking about.

    July 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

  2. IVL

    Just curious: are there any pencil makers manufacturing in the US anymore?

    July 14, 2011 at 8:21 am

    • I recall reading a post on Pencil Talk that General, Moon, and Musgrave are still manufacturing in the U.S. I have visited the General warehouse in California (got pencils!) and the factory offices of Musgrave and Moon in Tennessee.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm

  3. IVL

    Thanks for the info. Fred. One last question, do you know any co’s here or abroad (say in Europe) that will do a run of custom pencils for me? Colored with my logo? Something that’s really quality.

    July 19, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    • I don’t know specifically where, but I can see that custom advertising pencils are still being produced. I suspect that the imprinting is done in many places, using blank pencils produced by a few manufacturers. But that’s just a guess. In any case, you should be able to locate an ad-pencil contractor. Years ago, there were some in my local telephone book. Getting high quality may be more of a challenge.

      July 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      • Steve

        You only have 7 of these pencils pictured. Is that because you decided to only show a sampling, or are they pretty uncommon?

        September 30, 2011 at 10:31 pm

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