Friday, February 15, 2013

Solved!

Back on May 21, 2012, I posted an article titled "There’s GOTTA Be A Connection" about the Lyncraft, and a logo that was so close to Pencraft’s logo that it had to have been copied:


Since then, I’ve tracked down a few more examples of the Lyncraft:


Everything pointed towards Dur-O-Lite. First, the oversized pencil on the left was marked "Lyncraft Products Chicago," and Dur-O-Lite was located in the Chicago area:


Then there’s this example, which looks a lot like the ones I posted in my last article, but marked "Joe Myers" on the clip:


The Joe Myers example also has the same sets of rings around the tip found on Dur-O-Lite Ejector pencils, a design characteristic Dur-O-Lite apparently inherited from the failing Moore Pen Company:


And then there were these distinctive examples:


The maroon one is an advertiser for Lyncraft itself:



And while one has a shorter tip than the other, both have those characteristic Dur-O-Lite/Moore rings around the tip:


Then a more convincing clue emerged on a message board called "The Fountain Pen Community," where one reader posted pictures of a "Joe Myers" example and showed it with the tip removed.

I couldn’t believe it. If I was suspecting these were Dur-O-Lite, you’d think the first thing I’d do is give the tip a little tug to see what would happen, right? Duh, Jon. Well, I didn’t feel quite so bad when I went back to my stash and started poking and prodding, because the short tips don’t pull out of the pencils. However, all of the long tips sure do:


Those sure look like Dur-O-Lites, or a good copy of them, anyway. But the clincher – the bit of evidence that conclusively proved that the Lyncraft was made by Dur-O-Lite, came from the patent databases, where I stumbled across this design patent while I was looking for something else:


Design patent number 147,982 was applied for by Robert J. Lynn of Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1946 and was granted on November 25, 1947. This is clearly our Lyncraft pencil, and the last piece of the puzzle fits perfectly.

The Dur-O-Lite Company was founded by John Lynn around 1927. In 1925, Lynn had left Autopoint, a company he co-founded with Charles Keeran, among others. The Pencraft pencil featured in yesterday’s article, featuring a logo almost identical to that found on the Lyncraft, was made shortly after 1922 – when the pencil’s inventor Keeran and Dur-O-Lite’s founder Lynn were still in business together.

John Lynn wasn’t the only principal of Dur-O-Lite, but it was very much a Lynn family concern. Several Lynns worked for the company, including brothers Frank and Toney. Apparently, another Lynn named Robert was also in the business.

Which might solve yet another mystery. Remember this one?


Another pencil identical to the Lyncraft, with what looks like "Esandar" on the clip. Hmmm.... Esandar . . .

Es . . . and . . . ar . . .

S&R . . .

Anyone wanna bet that Robert had a brother with a name that started with the letter S?

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