Sunday, December 14, 2014

Why Didn't Anyone Roll This Before?

It seems like a lot of pencil brand names might have been concocted using a pair of dice with short words instead of numbers on the different sides. Roll once . . . "Ever" and "Sharp." Walter Sheaffer rolls . . . "Sharp" and "Point." American Lead Pencil gets "Ever" and "Point." "Rite" and "Point" goes to . . . ok, you get my drift.

I found the first one of these about five years ago, during one of my annual stops at the Barnesville Antique Mall in Barnesville, Ohio on the way to the DC Supershow:

I remember feeling ridiculous paying more than a buck or two for it, but it was the only thing in the entire mall that piqued my interest during that visit and so I sprung for it just so I wouldn’t get skunked

If I had to guess who might have made them, I’d say Lipic (note particularly that bottom example with the lower joint). The clips on these read "Sharpencil"

OK, maybe the dice analogy doesn’t quite work with this one, unless you roll "Shar" and "Pencil" (or "Sharp" and "Encil"). Still, I thought it was kind of neat that everyone else apparently missed the obvious combination of these two words. These guys are the sort of thing that once you see one, with those distinctive, squared-top clips and the metal insert in the top of the cap, you’ll notice others (and, if you’re a freak like me, you’ll need to see them next to each other badly enough to bring them home).

Fortunately, one of the other ones I brought home provided me with a little something extra I can give you about these:

While it’s possible that the "Sharpencil" was manufactured and distributed to several advertising companies, this salesman’s sample seems to indicate that the brand name was associated with one in particular:

The Advertising Pencil Company of Kansas City, Missouri.

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