Monday, March 30, 2009

happy pencil day!

on this day in 1858 hymen lipman of philadelphia received a patent for his revolutionary invention. by incorporating an eraser into a pencil he changed the course of pencil history!

mr. lipman sold his patent to joseph reckendorfer for $100,000 who subsequently took legal action against the venerable farber castelle for patent infringement. as a result of the supreme court ruled against him revoked the patent in 1875 saying it was not a new invention.

it is a mystery to me when securing a small rubber eraser with a ferrule (that's the little metal band) to the the top of a standard pencil became fashionable or if the myth of why so many pencils are yellow is true. still, i'm celebrating with a rousing chorus of charlotte's heartfelt vocal tribute to the #2 pencil.


Blogger Burke Family said...

why do you think it's a myth?

12:53 PM, March 30, 2009  
Blogger Brook said...

There is nothing that makes me happier than to have a cup filled with brand new yellow pencils all sharpened with pointy goodness. I even love the smell of it. Maybe that is why I became a teacher!

Oh BTW....I have given my most favorite monkey in the world a reward on my blog.

5:51 PM, April 08, 2009  
Blogger D.E. said...

Hey! there's the art set we sent you. Maybe you will do some fabulous sketches of the sites you see in Tibet. Your cloth, monkey friends up north, Wash and Terry.

4:23 PM, May 18, 2009  
Blogger hi!monkey said...

wash and terry, as you know, the art set is the perfect size for a fellow primate adventuring primate! i'm eager to hear where you adventure take you this year.

10:30 PM, May 18, 2009  

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