Tuesday, March 27, 2012

USCO Pencils

After World War II, the United States Pencil Company, Incorporated, was selling its USCO pencils for 2 cents each.  Customers could request personalized pencils at additional cost.  The sturdy pencils had erasers attached to the wood stylus with a slender embossed brass ferrule.  The company's standard issue was its No. 486, which during the war featured cardboard ferrules due to rationing.  If you want to learn more about WWII-era (and other) pencils, see Bob Truby's "Brand Name Pencils."

Image above:  United States Pencil Company, Incorporated/487 Broadway/New York, NY.  "Special--For This Month Only!" circa 1946.  Guy Seghers Office Records, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries.

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