I have been after these for some time. The white rat is made by the Empire Pencil Company but the three others are all Sterling Plastic. The picture of the spider on a card was for sale on EBay for $25.00 and I did not buy it. Then came a long the sharpeners off card and I jumped. These were very popular with the kids and me. Made of soft plastic with all the legs able to bend so many of these have survived 40 plus years. It is best to try and pick these up on the card but carded items are getting harder to find and are more expensive then the loose ones. Add them all to your collection.
Let me start by saying I not only have never seen one of these before but this has to be the most complicated 0.5mm pencil ever made. I would think it is from the 70s and it was made by the Sheaffer Pen Company. I include the instructions because they are detailed. The pencil works well and it comes with three floating lead protectors. One is in the pencil. As with other pencils, lead is stored under the eraser but only for storage. You put one piece of lead in each of the three lead protectors. Once one is loaded in the pencil the extender rod pushes the lead out through the lead protector. When lead is low you will see a red signal which will appear in the lead supply indicator window. The thing does work well but to many clicks on the chrome plunger cap and the whole lead protector will start to come out. Add one to your collection if you can find one.
Every now and then something comes a long that takes you back to the late 60s and early 70s. This cared Eversharp Medium Point Utility Ball Pen is one of those items. The Eversharp Pen Company was a Division of the Parker Pen Company which had bought Eversharp back in 1957. This pen and card were made in the US. The best part of this carded pen is the picture of the young lady at work with pen and notebook in hand. These type items are getting harder to find. Most everyday pen and pencils used in the past 40 years can be found on eBay and other places for sale. Some work many do not. This carded pen with a picture is another story. The card tells a story of our stationary history from years past. The young lady does have the same type pen in her hand that is on the card but in red. Many companies to include Fisher Space pens have made this style of ball pen. Add them to your collection.
Two new items for the collection. On the left is a BIC fine point from the 60s or early 70s still on the card. The card said .25 cents but the discount sticker from Gibsons has the new price at .21 cents. On the right is a Sterling Plastic # 582 6" Protractor in pink. This item is from the 50s and had cost .10 cents. The card and the protractor are in perfect shape. I plan on using this one. You can not keep something this nice just sitting around on the shelves. Add them both to your collections.
Here we have the new vintage case full. I will be replacing some of the cheaper pentels as I find others down here in the basement of the supply room. These type of vintage pen cabinets are getting harder to find so keep looking. They are a great way to show and keep your growing collection. Add them all to your collection.
Now we have three. Here is my newest vintage Pentel Display case. Got it for less then $20.00 plus shipping. This one like my other large Pentel case holds 72 pens or pencils. This one will have only pencils. The case opens from the front which makes it easier to move the pencils around. The supply room is looking more and more like a pen and pencil store. Add one to your collection.
Here we have three new Pentel ZE-80 erasers. Very close to the round ZE-21 or ZE-22 eraser and the tri eraser ZE-15 but these ZE-80s have a square eraser. It was just a matter of time before Pentel had these clic erasers in all shapes for all needs. Same operation as all the other Pentel Clic erasers. Nice colors. Add them all to your eraser collection.