M.Leddy + pencils   219

Analog rising
“Sales of stationery and cards are actually up among younger and youngish people”: so says Marketplace Morning Report.
analog  handwriting  paper  pencils  pens  stationery 
5 days ago by M.Leddy
Today’s Ticonderoga
In today’s Zippy, cartoonist Conrad Nervig seeks a new career. Stand by for the Dixon Ticonderoga no. 2.
comics  pencils  DixonTiconderoga  Zippy 
8 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Pallet pencils
Making 1,000 pencils from pallet wood.
12 weeks ago by M.Leddy
The Musgrave Single Barrel 106
From the Musgrave Pencil Company: the Single Barrel 106, a pencil made from a cache of 1930s Tennessee Red Cedar found “in the wreckage of an ill-fated storage building.”
november 2019 by M.Leddy
Toni Morrison’s pencils
Dixon Ticonderoga, Paper Mate SharpWriter.
fiction  pencils 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
Nabokov on pencil sharpening.
Nabokov  pencils 
october 2019 by M.Leddy
Ticonderoga sighting
No, Brig Hilton (Shirley Temple) is not gasping at the conductor’s Dixon Ticonderogas, even if they are sporting nifty clips.
film  pencils 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
Start sharpening
It’s National #2 Pencil Day.
august 2019 by M.Leddy
Sure looks like one.
comics  Mongol  Nancy  pencils 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
50 Things: “Pencil”
From the BBC: the latest episode of Tim Harford’s podcast 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy: “Pencil.”
june 2019 by M.Leddy
“Know the Answers”
A Mongol pencil, from Somewhere in the Night (dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1946).
film  Mongol  pencils 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
More red and blue
At Lexikaliker, Gunther has added more red and blue, in the form of a display card holding a dozen Venus Postal pencils.
june 2019 by M.Leddy
The red and the blue
At Lexikaliker, Gunther has listed some established uses for two-color pencils.
june 2019 by M.Leddy
A coach’s pencil and paper
A football playsheet is laminated. So why does Matt Patricia, coach of the Detroit Lions, carry a pencil?
paper  pencils  supplies 
may 2019 by M.Leddy
Another tribute in dubious taste
A Blackwing pencil. I wonder if the Maya Angelou estate got in touch.
may 2019 by M.Leddy
Still more pencil cups
Elaine Walizer shared these photographs.
pencils  pens 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
Pencil bear
My friend Sara shared a photograph of a 3-D-printed bear holding Mirado Black Warriors, a pen, and a screw. A stationary stationery bear.
pencils  pens 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
More pencil holders
George Bodmer, who draws Oscar’s Portrait, shared a photograph of his bamboo pencil holders.
pencils  pens 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
Mongols in a penholder holder
Mongols in a four-hole holder for penholders.
Mongol  pencils 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
Boop, Twinings, jars
A Betty Boop cup, Twinings tins, and jars holding some of my pens and pencils.
pencils  pens 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
Still life in red and green
Pencils, pens, and a thermometer. A screenshot from Alfonso Cuarón’s Sólo con tu pareja.
film  pencils  pens 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
No, it’s not a butter churn
George Bodmer dramatizes a supply-centric generation gap.
cartoons  pencils 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
A Mongol sighting
In Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
film  Mongol  pencils 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
New info about Harvest Leads.
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Harvest Refill Leads
A display card for Musgrave pencil leads.
ephemera  Museum-of-Supplies  pencils 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
A Mongol sighting
Robert Bice as a police dispatcher, Mongol pencil in hand. From The Racket (dir. John Cromwell, 1951).
film  Mongol  pencils 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Non-metaphorical sharpening
John Dickerson: “School is starting again and I am sharpening my pencils. That’s not a metaphor. I am actually sharpening pencils.”
analog  pencils  supplies 
august 2018 by M.Leddy
Leonard Bernstein’s pencils
Five pencil stubs from the 1970s, two Eberhard Faber Blackwings, three Alpheus Music Writers.
Blackwing  pencils 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
Pencils and missing pencils
The Crow writes about pencils and missing pencils. What would you write with the last pencil on earth?
june 2018 by M.Leddy
A WWII pilot’s pencil
On the original Antiques Roadshow , an RAF pilot’s pencil, hiding a map and compass.
june 2018 by M.Leddy
At the office with Louis Malle
The opening scenes of Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows (1958) are office-centric.
film  pencils  pens  supplies 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
A Father Knows Best pencil sharpener
James Anderson (Robert Young) installs a necessary household tool.
pencils  television 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
C. & E.I. pencil
A pencil from the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad.
Museum-of-Supplies  pencils  trains 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Thoreau pencil
From an auction to benefit the Thoreau Society and Thoreau Farm Trust: a “genuine Thoreau pencil.” Current bid: $270.
pencils  Thoreau 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Pencils in the news
The Guardian reports that increasing number of English schoolchildren are unable to hold a pencil properly. The reason: too much technology.
handwriting  pencils  technology  writing 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Eberhard Faber letterhead
Sean at Blackwing Pages and Contrapuntalism passed on this scan of the Eberhard Faber letterhead, complete with telephone exchange name, cable address, diamond star trademark, and two-digit postal code. And trailing clouds of graphite, a bright, sharp no. 2 Mongol.
letters  Mongol  pencils 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Inside General Pencil
The New York Times Magazine has a terrific feature on Jersey City’s General Pencil Company.
pencils  photography 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Charles Simic on the pencil
“I knew a poet who could only write his poems with a stub of a pencil.”
pencils  poetry 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
People and their pencils
Artists, designers, a director and animator, a photographer, a writer, and their pencils, with photographs of the pencils.
november 2017 by M.Leddy
A pencil sighting
A Staedtler Noris 122 in Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces.
film  pencils 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
“School supplies and fun”
A 1953 Woolworth advertisement for school supplies.
dowdyworld  pencils  stationery  supplies 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
“Cheaper buy the dozen”
Back to school, and pencils. A 1953 ad.
august 2017 by M.Leddy
“Heavy, black pencils”
The tools of a copy editor, as described by Lincoln Grahlfs, a New York Times copy editor for forty years.
NewYorkTimes  pencils  stationery  supplies 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
A Mongol sighting
From Call Northside 777.
film  Mongol  pencils 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
The day after National Pencil Day
This poor guy must have gone a little too hard.
march 2017 by M.Leddy
National Handwriting Day
Mr. Peepers is sharpening in preparation.
handwriting  Mongol  pencils 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Red lead
On January 3, 1888, Thomas Alva Edison wrote out a five-page list of “Things doing and to be done.” Among its items: “Red Lead pencils equal to graphite.”
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Masonic Ticonderoga
A Dixon Ticonderoga in a Perry Mason episode.
pencils  PerryMason  television 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
A tribute in dubious taste
I have to wonder what it means to ”celebrate” a photograph that documents human suffering by turning that photograph into an opportunity to market high-end stationery supplies.
Blackwing  pencils  photography 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
“One of the last joys in life”
From Mascots (dir. Christopher Guest, 2016): “That’s one of the last joys in life, sharpening a pencil. It’s hard to do that wrong.”
film  pencils 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Pencil time
It’s always pencil time.
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Pencils in school
At the City and Country School, the eight-year-olds ran a school-supplies store and learned about the things they sold.
education  pencils 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Tony Bennett’s pencil
“David Hockney told me to use these pencils. They’re really like, really like stationery stores for cheap.”
art  music  pencils 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Linus van Pelt, pencileer
He knows that lead isn’t made of lead.
comics  Peanuts  pencils 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Pencil stocks threatened
“A surge in the number of people buying adult colouring books has threatened pencil stocks world-wide.”
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Pocket notebook sightings
Where the Sidewalk Ends (dir. Otto Preminger, 1950) rich in stationery supplies.
film  notebooks  pencils  pens 
march 2016 by M.Leddy
“Go buy some pencils”
Siegfried N. Lodwig, a retired professor of chemistry and mathematics, argues for the simplest tool of thought.
pencils  technology 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell (1941–2016)
A member of the eighth generation of a family devoted to the manufacture of pencils and other writing intruments.
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Nabokov: “Dixon Pink Anadel!”
Has any writer had more to say about pencils than Nabokov?
Nabokov  pencils 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Missing pencil sculpture
Missing from the campus of Purdue University.
art  pencils 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
The Magic Rub eraser
It’s a disappointing eraser, with an unpleasant color, a ghastly smell, and pockmarked sides that suggest unfinished concrete. And it doesn’t erase all that well.
erasers  pencils 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
Force of Evil
Telephones, pencils, and notebooks, oh my.
coffee  film  materialculture  pencils  notebooks  telephone 
september 2015 by M.Leddy
Contrapuntalism in Japan
Sean at Contrapuntalism visits Tokyo stationery stores.
pencils  stationery 
september 2015 by M.Leddy
Whitman’s last pencil
It’s a Dixon’s American Graphite.
pencils  WaltWhitman 
september 2015 by M.Leddy
Lassie Ticonderoga
In a farmhouse just outside Calverton, the pencil of choice is the Dixon Ticonderoga.
DixonTiconderoga  Lassie  pencils  television 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
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