The Eberhard Faber No. 32 Mongol combination dip pen and pencil. The images are from the company’s 1923 catalog, and drawn at actual size no less.
A few more images from the catalog:
Wow. Nice gun metal finish.
And a nice catalog! The only “pure” modern pencil catalog I’ve seen is from General. (As opposed to catalogs with ink jet cartridges, whiteboard markers, etc., etc., and a few pencils.) I wish someone would create one. The closest thing is the annual “Stationery” magazine from Japan.
I’ve been trying to find out who were the illustrators for this type of catalog, with no luck. Mr. Faber said the artwork wasn’t done in-house. I imagine that there were teams of illustrators, both with firms and freelance, who worked at this sort of thing much like patent artists.
In this catalog (1923) and the 1915 catalog, there are a few pages where the company offers to provide “electrotypes” for resellers’ catalogs — various image sizes of the products from the company catalog — for free. I imagine this was standard practice for all of the major companies.
Now you need to get all the other items in the catalogue, to put it on the page 8^) A bit like those albums to collect stickers. When I was young the care bears album was very popular, but collecting EF pencils seems like a much better pastime.
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