Brand: Joseph Dixon
Made in: USA
Ticonderoga No. 1 from the 1920's (top) to the mid 1940's (bottom two). The 2nd from the bottom is actually the rarest variation of Ticonderoga WWII-eras as it has a cardboard ferrule. Not sure how long they were made this way, perhaps one run, some Friday afternoon ..... a 10 million to one??
2021 Tic update: Single picture of a rare transitional WWII-era with raised lines (textured line ferrule)......99.999% of WWII-era plastic ferrules are smooth...check for yourself. I've seen this attempt to mimic the standard ferrule in other brands, but never ever have I laid eyes on a Ticonderoga ferrule like this.
Second gallery picture is of all the WWII-era ferrule variations I've discovered. The raised line or textured striped ferrule, cardboard ferrule and shiny green ferrule are rare recent discoveries.
Began as the "Joseph Dixon Crucible Company" (Joseph Dixon: 1799-1869) with its main manufacturing facility in Jersey City, New Jersey. Dixon was an inventor who received patents in 1850 for the use of graphite crucibles in pottery and steel manufacturing. He died in 1869. Dixon’s son-in-law, Orestes Cleveland, took over as president of the company in 1858. Cleveland served as both mayor of Jersey City as well as a short stint in the U.S. House of Representatives (1869-1871). In 1873 the company bought the American Graphite Company located in Ticonderoga, New York, and in 1913 began integrating the name into its brand as "Dixon Ticonderoga." In 2005, Dixon Ticonderoga was acquired by Italian-based FILA.
Learn more about the company’s long history at dixonusa.com. Also check out my blog post about the famed Dixon Ticonderoga.