Tag Archives: A.W. Faber-Castell

Oh, Irma

That was my favorite umbrella, too. She’s not here yet, but there are squalls before the storm. Just a quick post while electricity remains. Good thing pencils float. Advertisements

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A.W. Faber Polygrades: Old and New

In honor of Lothar von Faber’s 200th birthday, Faber-Castell has released a limited edition set of Polygrade pencils. Though it’s all too common today, von Faber was the first to offer a set with pencils of varying grades; some included an … Continue reading

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Ersatz Ersatz

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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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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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Graf von Faber-Castell: Magnum

Graf von Faber-Castell’s new magnum-format Perfect Pencil is as great as its name suggests. The small linen pouch is always a nice touch; I feel more comfortable placing the pencil in my pocket or book bag if it’s not in … Continue reading

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