Chicago Hand Crank Pencil Sharpener (Green) by APSCO, c. 1920s

Chicago Pencil Sharpener

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. You can read out full-length history on APSCO over on the page for the “Giant” brand sharpener.


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