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“A.W. Faber’s New Drawing Pencil”

What does the beginning of a legacy (or perhaps a dynasty) look like? A.W. Faber Polygrade pencils were by all accounts of unprecedented quality and very popular. They eventually gave way to a new range though—the now-familiar “Castell” line of pencils—in … Continue reading

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“Castell” Pencils

One of the most entertaining aspects associated with vintage ads like this notice from a 1908 stationery magazine is the superlative and self-congratulatory language used by just about all of the pencil companies: 1908 It’s reassuring to know that “tests of various kinds” … Continue reading

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