Color chips representative of A. W. Faber's various Wax Crayons or Creta Laevis Pencils. 1897. Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Libraries (Public Domain).
On a day like MLK day this makes you really think about how lucky we are to have broken barriers today... we have come so far and still have a ways to go but if we could only see things this way it would be an easier transition.
A- I literally gasped when I saw these lithographed renderings from A.W. Faber’s late 19th century catalog of pencils and other office supplies. The pamphlet cover states that Faber has factories in France and Germany and “houses” in London, Paris and Berlin. But the company address is at 78 Reade Street, right here in NYC.