Venus Pencils

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Venus Pencils

Venus Pencils were a brand name of pencils made by the American Lead Pencil Company beginning in 1905. The production of Venus pencils gave the company an early start in the manufacture of high-quality pencils marketed to artists and architects. Venus pencils became even more popular after the First World War, which had interrupted the supply of pencil from German companies.

Varieties[edit]

Venus Pencils were produced in a total of seventeen degrees under the categories of very soft, soft, medium, hard, and very hard. They were made with no eraser, a tip and eraser, or an oversized tip and eraser.

Name Changes[edit]

In 1956, the American Lead Pencil Company officially changed its name to the Venus Pen and Pencil Corporation. A number of acquisitions followed, and in 1967, the company name was changed to Venus-Esterbrook. In 1973, the company was acquired by Faber-Castell.

External links[edit]

  • [1]- An American Lead Pencil Company photo list.
  • http://www.pencilpages.com/mfg/amer.htm- A brief description of The American Lead Pencil Company history.
  • [2] - Early history of Venus pencils and different varieties of Venus pencils