Obscure U.S. Pencil Companies
There are just a few pencil companies currently based in the United States, and most of those don’t manufacture pencils in the U.S. anymore. In the past, however, there were many companies. There were large, famous companies such as American, Dixon, and Empire; medium-sized ones including Linton, Blaisdell, and Musgrave; and little-known (today) ones such as Lo-Well, Mohican, and Providence.
And then there are the really obscure ones. They may have served mainly local or specialized markets or have existed for a short time. It’s hard to say how many actually manufactured pencils.
Here I present a collection representing these companies. To be included in the set, the companies have to be American and the pencils have to say “Pencil Company” or equivalent. I possess one to three brands from each company.
One that I find particularly interesting says “Koh-I-Noor Pencil Co., Inc. / Fabricated by Red Cedar Pencil Co.”
There are 12 indicating New York, 4 Chicago.
Here is a list of what the pencils say about the company and location:
Acorn Pencil Co., Shelbyville, Tenn.
Albert Unger Pencil Co.
Allied Pencil Co., N.Y.
Atlantic Pencil Company, 303 Fourth Ave., N.Y.C.
Bogue Pencil Co., Yonkers, N.Y.
California Pencil Co., Hollywood, Calif.
Cavalier Pencil Co.
Champion Pencil Co., Bklyn., N.Y.
Columbia Pencil & Crayon Co., Chicago, Ill.
Condor Pencil Co., New York
Consolidated Pencil Corp’n, N.Y.C.
Cross Country Pencil Co.
German Pencil Co., 36 Tribune Building, New York
Graphite Pencil Co.
Indiana Pencil Co., Newcastle, Indiana
Liberty Pencil Works, New York
Madison Pencil Co.
M-B Pencil Co., Shelbyville, Tenn.
Monarch Pencil Co., New York
North American Pencil Wks., Chicago, Illinois
Pacific Pencil Company
Paige Pencil Co., Omaha
Pencil Corporation of America
Perkins Pencil Co., Chicago, Ill.
Pyramid Pencil Co.
Red Cedar Pencil Co.
Royal Pencil Co.
St. Louis Pencil Co.
St. Joseph Pencil Co., New York – Memphis
Seaboard Pencil Co., New York, N.Y.
Security Pencil Co.
Shirley Pencil Co.
Udall Graphite and Pencil Co.
Union Pencil Co., New York
United Pencil Co, Chicago
Universal Graphite Pencil Co., Clinton, New Jersey
Universal Pencil Co., San Leandro, California