I can’t imagine what it must have been like to walk into a store and grab a couple of these off the shelf.
If they ever invent time machines I know what to do. But the fact that there’s hardly any stock left might be proof that this has already happened…
Plus if the physics of time travel are as they say in the Terminator series, we might just end up clutching empty fists where the pencils used to be and, well, feeling a little chilly and wishing we had hit the gym a little bit more… :)
Incredible, isn’t it. Those boxes are so evocative. The strange thing for me is that, although I started hitting office supply shops fairly early—around 1975 or so—I never saw Blackwings or Microtomics for sale. There used to be a big shop called “Ginn’s” next to the bank where my mother worked, and I went there quite often, already fascinated by the shelves of supplies. But the pencils I saw were Venus Velvet, Wallace Invader, Pedigree, and of course Ticonderoga. I might have just not been aware, but I suspect that Blackwings and Microtomics were specialty pencils and not exactly common finds even back then.
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