My Collection – Photos and Commentary

National

National Pencil Company was one of a cluster of manufacturers based in Shelbyville, Tennessee, “The Pencil City” (after starting in Atlanta).

Brands:

National Pencil Co graphite

Colored brands:

National colored

National Copying varieties:

National Copying

Here are pairs of pencils that are the same or nearly so, but with one painted and the other having clear varnish:

Painted and natural

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5 responses

  1. Steve Tedder

    Wow! I’m very impressed! But…no carpenter’s pencils? Or have you not gotten around to posting them yet?

    I always liked the Venus Velvet for writing. I also remember the drawing pencils with the green crackle finish, which they made us use in mechanical drawing in junior high school. They insisted on very hard leads, which I didn’t enjoy using. Now you can get pencils that are branded Velvet, but don’t say Venus on them.

    September 28, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    • Oh, yeah, I have many brand-name carpenter’s and similar that I have been avoiding showing so far, with plans for one huge display. It will be a major job to produce the images, so it will have to wait until I have a long vacation. I’ve been too busy even to make posts of photos that I already have, to my dismay.

      Look for my “Crackled” post in the Imitation category.

      September 29, 2014 at 9:18 pm

  2. Jüri Käosaar

    Fred,

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Jüri 1.09.2014 8:30, Fred’s Pencils kirjutas: > WordPress.com > fredspencils posted: “National Pencil Company was one of a cluster of > manufacturers based in Shelbyville, Tennessee, “The Pencil City” > (after starting in Atlanta). Brands: Colored brands: National Copying > varieties: Here are pairs of pencils that are th” >

    December 25, 2014 at 9:40 am

  3. Pancho

    This stuff turns me on

    June 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm

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