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Worth the wait, I hope: Pencils with animal names (the type of animal, not Fluffy), having animal logos when possible.  I’ve limited it to one per animal, for the most part.


Eberhard Faber’s generic Fish looks like it might be on a platter.



Birds from Wallace Pencil Co:

Reptiles and Amphibians:


Small Mammals:

Large Mammals:


Of all possible animals, who’d have thought that the camel would be the most popular?  These are from makers in five different countries: United States, Japan, Germany, China, and Korea.

Mythical Creatures:

I don’t know what a “suncow” is, but I say it’s a mythical creature.

Finally, we have the Golden ones:

Below are closer views of animal logos.  Click on them for pictures twice as large.

I recently got an iPad and found that large pictures sometimes display with low resolution.

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.

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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

Red | Blue: German Companies

The Red|Blue Collection page now includes German pencil manufacturers: A.W. Faber, Johann Faber, Lyra, Schwan, Staedtler, and others.  Pencils made by these companies in other countries are included.


Enjoy these brand-name pencils with swirly colors!

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We’re Number Four!

American pencils intended mainly for writing (as opposed to drafting) often come in a range of grades, with 1 as the softest and 4 as the hardest.  But who actually uses the 4’s for writing?  You’d have to be quite heavy-handed, or perhaps trying to write secret messages.  They are relatively rare. 

No. 4 U.S. Pencils

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As a youth, I used to go bowling often.  There were special pencils for keeping score.  Despite pangs of guilt, I made off with them if I needed them for my collection.  

The leads of these bowling pencils are of two general types: Thick graphite for paper, and opaque yellow or white for overhead projector transparencies.  The latter are fairly easy to wipe off. 


Note that Blaisdell, Moon, and General all made ones having the product number 300, the score of a perfect game.  And General has five different brands!  A couple of their numbers are frustratingly close to 300.

A. W. Faber Castell 9000 Varieties

Not 9000 varieties, but still a lot.  This famous brand began in 1905 and continues to this day.  These are from before 1993, when the A.W. was removed. 

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I have others too: without paint, variations of the back side, minor variations in lettering, and an anniversary edition.


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so they say.  Here we have Staedtler’s venerable Mars-Lumograph, with its iconic blue color and black tip with white band.  And then, many imitators.  (Or perhaps it’s “just a coincidence.”)

I like the Russian one at the bottom.  It looks like it might even say Mars, but it doesn’t (see comment).