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.


3 thoughts on “Chicago Hand Crank Pencil Sharpener (Green) by APSCO, c. 1920s

  1. I have a 1920s or older chicago pencil sharpener made in chicago, USA and was wondering the approximate looks exactly the same as the one in the photo above.

  2. I have a Chicago pencil sharpener from around 1920. That is made in Canada just wondering if worth any thing. It is in very good condition

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