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box of vintage dixon thin crayons

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The box reads:
Half Gross of Graphite Black Thin Crayons
Made in USA by Joseph DIxon Crucible Company, Jersey City, NJ

I imagine there are some missing but the box is at least 3/4 full of 3 1/2 inch graphite pencils.
These probably fit into a writing instrument of some kind but could be used as is. The pencils are primarily grey or graphite but there are some red ones that look like a crayon.

During the 1860s, people typically wrote with quill pens and ink even though Dixon introduced graphite pencils in 1829. But the American Civil War created a demand for a dry, clean, portable writing instrument and led to the mass production of pencils. At the time of Dixon’s death in 1869, the Joseph Dixon Crucible Company was the largest manufacturer of graphite products in the world. By 1870, The Joseph Dixon Crucible Company was the world’s largest dealer and consumer of graphite. By 1872 the Dixon company was making 86,000 pencils a day.

box of vintage dixon thin crayons


  • Vintage Supply from the 1950s
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