I stopped by Carl Daniels’ table in DC, and he had this great Esterbrook pencil on his table. This one put the "Show" in Pen Show – he wasn’t ready to sell it just yet, but he did allow me to take it back to my room for a little alone time in the photo studio:
This one’s an easy one to overlook. Since it’s black, it doesn’t exhibit the telltale marbling that identifies it as an Esterbrook "Pushmaster" pencil, but the chrome-plated top button with "Esterbrook" on it, coupled with the absence of the word "Esterbrook" on the clip, are dead givaways:
A Pushmaster is a rare sight in itself, but what made this one really interesting was the metal inlaid into the back of the cap, which looks to be sterling:
Although it isn’t identified as such, I knew immediately what it is: the logo for the 1939 New York Worlds’ Fair! Since Carl’s table was very close to Esterbrook mavens Lisa and Brian Anderson, I took it over to give Brian a look – and Brian added another interesting bit to the story:
Pushmasters weren’t introduced until 1941.
There’s several possibilities. Maybe the Pushmasters were introduced a little earlier than previously thought. Maybe Esterbrook commemorated the Worlds’ Fair long after it was over, or the owner of the pencil had such a good time at the Worlds’ Fair that he or she had a jeweler make and inlay the fair’s logo onto a favorite pencil.
Or maybe the Worlds’ Fair went on for two years?