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E. Faber Mongol No. 38

Four flavors of the Eberhard Faber Mongol mechanical pencil No. 38, complete with pocket clips and clamp erasers. Before the company began selling mechanical pencils, extenders with clamp erasers were paired with Van Dyke and Mongol pencils. 1923 Eberhard Faber Co. Catalog The wood-cased versions of … Continue reading

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On Television: Graf von Faber-Castell Schreibbleistift Nr. III

Here is something I didn’t expect to see. In 2016, the ITV Network produced a four-part series called The Investigator: A British Crime Story, about the unsolved 1985 disappearance of a woman called Carole Packman. At the end of the first episode a … Continue reading

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1871: “My Great-Grandfather’s Name Was Caspar Faber…”

In 1871 Johann Eberhard Faber (1822-1879) appealed a decision, made by the United States Custom House (of New York), that he undervalued the merchandise he received from A.W. Faber in Stein, Germany. Though Faber had been manufacturing his own pencils since 1861 … Continue reading

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Pencil Talk 2.0

Just about everything I came to learn about pencils started with the blog Pencil Talk, which was soon followed by Lexikaliker and Blesitift. I appreciated the incredible richness of Pencil Talk’s content, and am still amazed by the depth and integrity … Continue reading

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There’s Gold In Them Thar Nibs: Eberhard Faber No. 506

As the label says, this is a box of Eberhard Faber gold-plated nibs. It’s still sealed too, but not for long. I don’t know their exact age but working backward from the year the Eberhard Faber Company moved from Brooklyn, … Continue reading

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Seven Years

WordPress informs me that Contrapuntalism has turned seven. And as it is with most anniversaries, I’m left wondering where the time has gone. I started blogging slowly with a site called Pencils and Music, which like a lot of blogs ended up being more … Continue reading

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A.W. Faber-Castell: 1972 Frankfurt Trade Show

This clip is from UFA (Universum Film) Dabei, 1972. It is a brief look at some products that A.W. Faber-Castell offered at the 1972 Frankfurt Trade Show. The music is a perfect fit.

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A.W. Faber-Castell: Welt im Film

Beginning in May, 1945, the American and British occupying powers produced a newsreel called Welt im Film. Its purpose was political: to reeducate the German population, and to supplant the ideology of National Socialism with notions of democracy. To that end the … Continue reading

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Keeping the Books

The Eberhard Faber Company suffered a devastating fire in 1872, destroying their first factory which was situated along the East River. At the time it was reported to have been a total loss, but remarkably this ledger book survived. Cover … Continue reading

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