“Greetings — My Wife was cleaning around a homemade desk that was left in a home we recently purchased and found a box of pencils. The pencils were in pristine condition and never used. We thought it was pretty cool and decided to contact Faber-Castell. They responded quickly:
You have found a very old pencil box. It dates back to about 1860 and was produced by A.W.Faber in Stein near Nuremberg. The combination of pencils in different degrees was a very successful idea of Lothar von Faber, the owner and manager of the factory.
Renate Hilsenbeck, Faber-Castell, Archives
I hope that those who enjoy pencils, enjoy this brief post. Remember, always dig deep in ’empty’ drawers, you never know what will turn up.
-Dave — Richmond,VA”
Thanks are due to Dave, and we certainly encourage The People to send us your stories and pictures. We cannot guarantee that we can publish everything, but we can try.
[Photo copyright Dave N. 2005. Used with permission.]