Museum Artifacts: (1) "U.S. Automatic" Pencil Sharpener, 1908; (1) "Giant," (1) 'Gem," (2) "Chicago" (1920s), and (4) "Dexter" sharpeners, 1930s

Made By: Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co. / Spengler-Loomis MFG Co., 58 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL [Downtown/The Loop]. Factory: 2415 Kishwaukee Street, Rockford, IL.

For many of us, the sight of an old desk-mounted, mechanical pencil sharpener brings back some sensory...

Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co., 35 Randolph Street., Chicago, IL [Downtown/The Loop]

While it was initially distributed out of New York City, the U.S. Automatic Pencil Sharpener was actually designed and patented by a Chicago inventor named Essington N. Gilfillan (first patent date, 1906). And after a few short years, it would return home, becoming the first marquee product of the Chicago-based Automatic Pencil Sharp...

Museum Artifacts: (1) Dexter sharpener, 1920s; (2) Dexter No. 2 sharpeners, 1930s; (1) Dexter No. 3 sharpener, 1940s

Made By: Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co. / Spengler-Loomis MFG Co., 58 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL [Downtown/The Loop]. Factory: 2415 Kishwaukee Street, Rockford, IL.

Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co., 58 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL [Downtown/The Loop]

"The Gem" was another model of 1920s hand-crank wonders from Chicago's Automatic Pencil Sharpener Company, aka APSCO. It's bit lighter and smaller than the "Chicago" brand or the "Giant" (both of which we also have in the museum), but the essential function and design is pretty darn identical. We do have a full history of the Automat...

Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co., 58 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL [Downtown/The Loop]

This patina-riffic "Chicago" brand pencil sharpener is one of five Automatic Pencil Sharpener Company pieces in our collection. It's also probably my favorite, but until I become the center judge in a pencil sharpener beauty contest, I'm not sure how much weight that opinion carries. In any case, you can read our full history of the...

Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co., 58 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL [Downtown / The Loop]

This was the pencil sharpener of your youth . . . if your school was like mine and failed to pay for the widely available electric alternative.

The classic "Chicago" hand-crank sharpener is actually one of five Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co. (aka, APSCO) pieces in our museum collection, all dating from the 1920s or earlier. Y...

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