Chicago No. 2 Pencil Sharpener by APSCO, c. 1920s

Chicago No. 2 Pencil Sharpener

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

This patina-riffic “Chicago No. 2” brand pencil sharpener is one of nine 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., aka APSCO, over on the page for the company’s “Giant” brand sharpener.

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