Dateline - New York. March 30, 2018. It’s National Pencil Day, and Graphite Confidential is celebrating with a long lost, newly discovered newsreel that uncovers the shocking truth about the advertising pencils that companies around the U.S.A. made to — you guessed it — advertise pencils.
But seriously, we put on our finest fake 1950s announcer voices and ginned up this historical black-and-white "filmstrip" on ye olde iPhones for your viewing pleasure. Happy National Pencil Day, and may the Hymen Lipman* be with you.
*Hymen Lipman, which you probably already know because you’re reading a niche pencil site right now, was the first person to patent a pencil with an attached eraser in the United States. National Pencil Day celebrates the day his patent was filed in 1858, exactly 160 years ago.