Brand: Reliance Pencil Co.
Made in: USA
Penny pencils were an early 1900's example of a cheap pencil....no thrills with these. The eraser is actually inserted into the factory sharpened end on the right and the graphite would take up the remainder 90% of the pencil and is unsharpened on the left.
Reliance Pencil Co. was originally based in Mount Vernon, New York, and the company is believed to have been established in the early 1930s. Its founder and president, Maurice Levine, died in 1952. Around this time the company is thought to have opened facilities in Lewisburg, Tennessee, and changed its name to Reliance Pen and Pencil Corp. Not much else is known about Reliance, however, a 1972 lawsuit claimed the paint used on the company's pencils contained dangerously high levels of toxic lead. Venus was also named in the suit.