chatelaine, pencil

chatelaine, pencil

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Description (Brief)
A small mechanical pencil made of silver consisting of an outer sleeve with raised floral decorations and engraved with "KL" in script and an inner tube with a hanging ring at the end. When the inner tube is pulled out by the hanging ring and small tube or lead holder comes out of the other end.
In a world before copying machines and computers, every letter, memo, and report had to be typed many times. If you made one mistake, you typed it again. Secretaries drafted, corrected, and retyped in an almost endless loop. Offices had typing pools (dozens of women) making enough perfect copies for everyone. There was no backspace key!
Pens and pencils were symbols of secretarial work and given as gifts to “office girls.”
Object Name
chatelaine, pencil
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 2 5/8 in x 1/2 in; x 6.6675 cm x 1.27 cm
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Work and Industry: Mechanisms
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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