Anyway, the reason we keep going back is that this mall is huge. Its owners claim it's the biggest in Ohio, and if someone else claims to have a bigger one, I'm game to go have a look. More often than not we don't get through the whole thing, and we always end up leaving with more than we ever expected to buy.
Usually, though, I don't find much in the way of pencils. Seems like most of the people there that have a few pens also have a 20-year old price guide, and they've factored in cost of living increases over the last 20 years.
But this time, I did find something, though I'm still not quite sure what it is:
There were two of these, I haven't seen them before, so I bought both of them. It's technically a "porte crayon," since the slider simply clamps the barrel down on the lead:
But on the barrel was a curious imprint:
"Graphite Pencil Co. Journalistic No. 1345." Now there's a company name that probably had every other pencil manufacturer smacking its forehead and wondering why they didn't think of that for a name!
So I googled "Graphite Pencil Co. Journalistic," and the first result is a google books reference to the May 8, 1890 edition of The American Stationer:
Wow! There's my pencil, and I had no idea it was that old! Since it's hard to make out all the text from a picture, here's the writeup:
"The "Journalistic" Pencil
Thanks to Google Books. Again.
So. Anyone have a "double ender" No. 1540?