Mechanical Pencil

Mechanical Pencil

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Autopoint, a firm that makes mechanical pencils, was founded in Chicago in around 1918. Bakelite acquired a large interest in the firm in the 1920s. J. Harry DuBois acquired this mechanical pencil from Rupert Lowe, an associate of Leo Baekeland. One inscription reads “Autopoint / Pat’d and Patents Pending / 114K Green Gold Filled.” The “G. C. Gunderson” inscription refers to Gothfried C. Gunderson, a mechanical engineer from Norway who spent many years working for Bakelite in New Jersey.
Ref. “Gunderson, Engineer, Dies at 105,” The Coast Star (Nov. 17, 1988), p. 2.
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Object Name
Mechanical Pencil
Date made
ca. 1925
Autopoint, Inc.
overall: 143 mm x 10 mm; 5 5/8 in x 3/8 in
overall: 5 5/8 in x 3/8 in; 14.2875 cm x.9525 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of J. Harry DuBois
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National Museum of American History
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