Mechanical Pencil

Mechanical Pencil

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Mechanical Pencil
Date made
ca. 1925
maker
Autopoint, Inc.
Measurements
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
ID Number
1984.0138.09
catalog number
1984.0138.09
accession number
1984.0138
Credit Line
Gift of J. Harry DuBois
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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