Location, Location, Location (Location, Location)

These illustrations come from a 1901 article announcing a new catalog issued by the A.W. Faber company. There are the usual representations of the factories in Stein and Geroldsgrün, but also a lesser-seen rendering of Kaspar Faber’s digs in 1761, and perhaps even a fleeting glimpse of Kaspar himself:

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The article mentions that the factory at Geroldsgrün was founded in 1861 for the manufacture of slates, slate pencils, pen holders, rulers, calculating rulers, and graduated scales. And by 1900, the factory at Stein had been greatly expanded (in the foreground is Stein’s namesake bridge):

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Also pictured is the factory in Noisy-le-sec, France, which was founded in 1881 and produced artists’ colored, writing, and copying pencils as well as colored inks. Last is the recently opened factory in Newark, New Jersey, which produced stationers’ rubber goods:

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