Brand: American Pencil Co.
Made in: USA
These are pretty cool. I've seen the Venus Velvet 3557 model made over the last century and I've seen some unbranded Casey Jones pencils, but here it looks like the Tennessee Lions Club brought them together in this special train box edition. NOTE 1: Six pencils in a box. NOTE 2: Four box colors to choose from. NOTE 3: U.S. customers, please choose priority mail if you order one of these boxes as I'd hate for it to get damaged enroute. NOTE 4: I regret to inform you that the ferrules are not pristine like my picture indicates (I replaced my set with a period ferrule from some other Venus Velvets). Please see the orange, green, and red box photos for ferrule condition.
$4.00 – $20.00
In 1860, Edward Weissenborn set up his pencil factory in Jersey City Heights, New Jersey. It was called the American Lead Pencil Company. In 1885, the American Lead Pencil Company was sold to the Reckford Family and by 1915 their New Jersey factories employed more than 2,000 people. In 1956 they changed the name to Venus Pen and Pencil Corp., and in 1967 they became Venus-Esterbrook through mergers. Then in 1971 they were bought out by Berol who two years later was acquired by Faber-Castell USA. The company was ultimately brought in under the Sanford Corporation during another buyout/merger while part of parent company Newell Rubbermaid (now Newell Brands).