My Collection – Photos and Commentary


Just a Random Group of Pencils

Dirty Mind

Anyone disagree?

I’m Here

Hammerhead Eagle

Hello, readers.  Don’t worry, I am still around and have plenty more things to show and write about.  I just haven’t had time to produce new images.  I’ll be back!

It’s Registered

Here’s an interesting pair of old pencils.  Although they are from different companies, their designs are too similar to be coincidental —

The Handy Pencil was made by American Pencil Co., while the Cock Pencil is from Staedtler.  They both start with BBB in the same style.
Following that, they both have appropriate logos — the Handy Pencil has a nice pair of hands, while the Cock Pencil sports a handsome
rooster.  If one is imitating the other, I’d say it is American’s Handy, which has “Register” (an error?) in place of the “Registered” printed on Staedtler’s Cock


The Amazing La-Stil Pencil is round, yet doesn’t (easily) roll!  Novel, useful, and great for clever advertising slogans.  Only $0.0435 each, in bulk —

Its secret is a piece of lead, embedded off-center near the end —

You can make a real LEAD pencil out of it! —


Comic Tips

The famous comic-strip characters Blondie, Dagwood, and Popeye were honored in a set of pencils made by Linton —

Their likenesses appear on special Ad-Tip ferrules, which were more commonly used for product advertising.  (I’ll show examples another time.)






     Watch out Dagwood, Popeye is eyeing your wife!

Pencils Pencil

My summer break is coming soon, and I’ll be bringing you a lot of new posts.  In the mean time, have a pencils —

Pencil Emporium

As a pencil collector who checked out every office-supply and stationery store he could find, I sometimes fantasized about living in earlier times and gathering up every variety of pencil, including packaging.  There’s a store in Grant’s Pass, Oregon, that I would have gone out of my way to visit —

Barrett’s Pencil Emporium!

I get excited just thinking about it.



Hey, pencil.  Either you’re STANDARD, or you’re SPECIAL.  You can’t have it both ways!  …Unless, I suppose, SPF stands for Standard Pencil Factory.  Then my apologies.

What a Stud

Sometimes wooden golf-scoring pencils were fabricated from partly finished regular pencils.  In this case, to humorous effect.


For your amusement, a vintage “Nudist” pencil —

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But what is that squiggly thing?  Click on the picture for a closer look.

Two Bits

You know that little tune that used to come after humorous bits on TV or radio, which went “DUM da da Dump dum, Dum DUM,” the original words to which were “Shave and a haircut, two bits,” two bits being an archaic term for 25 cents?  No?  Then just admire the ferrule on this old ad pencil.

OK, Fine.

This is a tale of two pencils. To the best of my knowledge, it is entirely ficticious.

Once upon a time, the mighty Eberhard Faber company created a new pencil. It was blue of hue and high of quality. They were proud of their creation, and they named it Fine Blue. They sent it out into the marketplace with high hopes. And for a while, it thrived. But then, something happened. Customers began to complain that they were disappointed with the pencil’s quality, and sales dropped. Maybe it was because of poorer raw materials, or because the production machinery had deteriorated, or because of employee burn-out. Or maybe the pencil was never really that great in the first place. We may never know. But Faber had invested too much in Fine Blue to abandon it. So, after much consideration, they renamed it Okay Blue. Okay, as in not great, but not bad either. Just… OK. The customers were pleased with this new truth-in-advertising honesty, and sales picked up again. Thus, Okay Blue was fine. The End.


I Am a Glutton

I have been a glutton for pencils, that’s for sure.  With this blog, I pause to burp.

I have a soft spot for Japanese pencils.  They are different from American pencils and quite interesting.  You will see them here fairly often.  I gathered many when I lived in Japan in 1992-3.  I have fond memories of walking around different cities and towns, searching for stationery stores.  Many neighborhoods, as well as the main shopping districts, had a store.  Often they were little mom-and-pop (often grandmom-and-grandpop) shops that had been there forever, with some grimy old pencils as well as new ones in the displays.  I imagined that these old pencils stood there, year after year, waiting patiently for… me to come from across the sea and rescue them.  Also intriguing is the fact that Mom and Pop kept trying to sell them.