Pen Advertising Cube Museum

This 6-1/2" black plastic ballpoint stick pen has a white eraser and is marked: CECIL SMITH – THE CUBE MUSEUM (/) BOX 2826-329 QURAY, PH 1-303-245-6734 (/) GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. 81502 USA.
Rubik's Cube enthusiast Cecil Smith (b. 1929) operated the Cube Museum in western Colorado from 1988 to 1991, in part to demonstrate the thousands of patterns that could be formed with this mathematical game. This pen advertised the facility. After the museum closed, he donated a few items from his collection of nearly 5,000 cubes to the Smithsonian.
Reference: Cecil Smith, "Cubeology's Pretty Patterns,"
Currently not on view
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Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 16.4 cm x .4 cm x .4 cm; 6 15/32 in x 5/32 in x 5/32 in
place made
United States
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Pens and Pencils
Science & Mathematics
writing implements
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Pens and Pencils
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Cecil Smith
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