However, you might have noticed something: the “bumblebee” collectors’ nickname comes from the bright yellow and black coloring of the most commonly encountered of the three:
Sue Hershey recently posted pictures of an Eversharp dollar pencil in a much brighter yellow . . . she was pretty excited about it, and since I didn’t notice the brighter coloring, the reason for her excitement unfortunately sailed right over my head. Joe Nemecek commented on that later – too late for me to add productively to the conversation at the time.
At the Ohio Show, I ran into Don Lavin, who had one of these available. I bought it so that I could compare it to the less bumblish examples I have, and I’ve noted a pattern:
I don’t think this is fading, because like the greyish “half Coronet” (or, as Vance Koven wryly suggested, “Coronot”) pencil about which I posted a few days ago, the color on all of these is even all around. It’s almost as if Eversharp was gradually running out of yellow dye as the years passed.