Definition 166 Pencils

neutral colored pencils align

neutral colored pencils align

Pencils were first mass-produced in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1662, and the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century really allowed the manufacture to flourish.

Before he became known for Walden and “Civil Disobedience,” Henry David Thoreau and his father were famous for manufacturing the hardest, blackest pencils in the United States.

Edison was fond of short pencils that fit neatly into a vest pocket, readily accessible for the jotting down of ideas.

John Steinbeck loved the pencil and started every day with 24 freshly sharpened ones; it’s said that he went through 300 pencils in writing East of Eden (1952), and used 60 a day on The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and Cannery Row (1945).

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Catherine Johnson
    Mar 30, 2015 @ 10:40:15

    Wow that’s a lot of pencils to write a book. Great facts, Jeanne.

    Reply

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