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Old 03-30-2016, 08:33 PM
Ignatz Ignatz is offline
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Dixon Ticonderoga graphite pencils

"In 1827, Joseph Dixon" (of Marblehead, Mass.) "began his" (pencil factory) "business in Salem, Massachusetts and, with his son, was involved with the Tantiusques graphite mine in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Dixon discovered the merits of graphite as a stove polish and an additive in lubricants, foundry facings, brake linings, oil-less bearings, and non-corrosive paints."

says Wikipedia.

I can't believe that he waited 31 years to attach the eraser (with a green crimper). Maybe he didn't patent it.