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a reverse chronological history of Leadholder

Dennis B. Smith, curator

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2001 April 25 — 2001 July 27

I’ve begun updating Leadholder more frequently than I care to revise this “What’s New” page.  I will update this page in batches when I’ve changed or added to the site significantly.  Look for the “New” symbols for the most recent additions.

Reconfigured the navigation for the Patents section.

Reworked the former “Print” section into the preliminary Catalog section, and added several catalogs.

Added pages from the Frederick Post Co. 1936 catalog.

Added pages from the Keystone Blue Paper Co. c.1910 catalog.

The Wooden Drafting Pencils section has been expanded.

Added US patent 33,034 from 1861.  (The earliest clutch pencil?).

Added the Theo. Alteneder & Sons leadholder to the Gallery (at long last).

Added two more Russian leadholders to the Gallery.

Added the patent for the Theo. Alteneder & Sons leadholder that I do not have scanned yet.  So now, at least, you can see a drawing of it.)

Added Leadholder Mechanisms section (preliminary).
Added About Leadholder Lead section (very preliminary).
Added a Site Map to provide a convenient overview of this growing site.
Added several lead boxes to the Lead Box Gallery.
Updated many, many other things to numerous to worry yourself about.
Exciting News (It’s all relative, isn’t it?):  The History of Leadholders section has been rewritten with new, reliable information as to the origin of leadholders.  It seems the first leadholder suitable for drafting was introduced by A.W. Faber in 1873 1861.  I’m not sure of the precise model name for this leadholder, or whether it was introduced in Germany before the USA (most likely), but the A.W. Faber “Graphite De Siberie De La Mine Alibert No. 4” is, if not the original, then identical in form to the first leadholder.

Almost as exciting as finally finding out what the first leadholder was, is my acquisition of what could be the Holy Grail of leadholders:  a Theo. Alteneder & Sons! I found it in an unremarkable Post drafting set.  The Alteneder is unique in that it was designed and manufactured by toolmakers, not pencil makers.  It is crafted from the same gratuitously extravagant materials off pre-WWII drafting tool sets:  fine nickel-silver and rosewood.  The bad news is that I don’t have it scanned yet, so you can’t see it.

Added the Lead Box Gallery.  It really only barely exists.  I thought if I just made the Lead Gallery active, maybe it would motivate me to catalog my lead.  Lead is so damn boring though, I'm not sure it's going to work.

Added patent information for the Sputnik-like Apsco Tri-Pointer
Updated and renamed the A.W. Faber “Graphite De Siberie De La Mine Alibert No. 4” leadholder.
Updated the Koh-I-Noor 5616 Gallery entry with two vintage examples
Updated a few minor things.  Follow the dots.
Removed the slide lock clutch category.  This primitive style of leadholder is now discussed in the History section.
Well, “very soon” has arrived.  I again reworked the Gallery thumbnail image scheme.  I removed leadholder thumbnails which were minor variations of one model leaving a single example to represent the model.  Doing so after adding the new items reduced the page from 180KB to 145KB, still larger than would be ideal.  Sue me.

Updated the History of Leadholders
Updated the Links with a link to a new Yahoo discussion group devoted to drafting instruments

Added the Russian “Kimek” leadholder to Gallery
Added the Staedtler Mars-Technico 500 lead pointer to Gallery
Updated the Eagle Turquoise 10 Gallery entry
Updated the Alvin “Scott” B/2 Gallery entry
Updated the Venus Drawing leadholder Gallery entry
Updated the J.S. Staedtler Mars-Lumograph 1021 Gallery entry
Updated the Staedtler Mars Technigraph 780 Gallery entry
Updated the Grafo/Koh-I-Noor Versatil 5347 Gallery entry
Updated the Koh-I-Noor 5611 Gallery entry
Updated the Koh-I-Noor 5611 (plastic) Gallery entry
Updated the Faber-Castell Locktite 9400 Gallery entry
Updated the Faber-Castell TK 9400 Gallery entry
Updated the Precision-Point lead pointer Gallery entry
Reworked the Gallery thumbnail image scheme.  The Gallery thumbnail navigation was topping 200K, so I split the leadholders and lead pointers into exclusive Galleries.  The leadholder thumbnail navigation is still over 150KB, so I’ll probably reformat again in some way very soon.

Added the Leadholders and Pointers for Sale section
Added the Eberhard Faber Microtomic 605 to Gallery
Added the A.W. Faber Sure-Grip 6803 to Gallery
Added the Koh-I-Noor 999 lead pointer to Gallery
Added the DUX 3250 lead pointer to Gallery
Added the DUX Universal lead pointer to Gallery
Added the Hadinor 165 lead pointer to Gallery
Added the Hadinor 53484 lead pointer to Gallery
Added the Dahle 53482 lead pointer to Gallery
Added the Dahle 301 lead pointer to Gallery
Updated the L&C Hardtmuth “Koh-I-Noor” 1511 Gallery entry
Updated the Faber-Castell Locktite 9400 Gallery entry
Updated the Faber-Castell TK 9400 Gallery entry
Updated the Faber-Castell Locktite 9800 SG Gallery entry
Major update this time...

I’ve recently acquired a large number of leadholders from David Cullen, a longtime drafting instrument collector who had decided to liquidate his pencils.  His collection was extensive and thanks to his efforts I will be adding a great deal of material to this website in the coming months.

A Netherlander couple, Gerard and Marijke Prudon, curators of a super-extensive pencil sharpener collection which also includes a number of interesting lead pointers, have kindly allowed me to use images of pointers from their collection.  Images from Gerard and Marijke will be credited as such in the Gallery.  They have a pencil sharpener website, pencilsharpener.start4all.com, which serves as a gateway to an incredible quantity of information regarding pencil sharpeners.

I reconfigured the site navigation to a vertical scheme.  The horizontal format had it goin’ on when the site consisted of nothing but pictures of thin pencils, but now there is such a variety of information to display I decided to reconfigure.  It was a large job and there are still some rough edges here and there, including a lack of title graphics, but those should be polished up soon enough.

Added Site Usage Notes section to explain a few things
Added the bizarre Apsco Tri-Pointer to Gallery
Added a gorgeous Dixon's Eldorado 163 to Gallery
Added early Eagle Turquoise 3375 variant to Gallery
Added Eberhard Faber “Van Dyke” 609 to Gallery
Added Alvin “Scott” B/2 to Gallery
Added D. J. Fugle Leadlok (silver) variant to Gallery
Added L&C Hardtmuth 4082 to Gallery
Added Koh-I-Noor 48 to Gallery
Added J.S. Staedtler Mars-Lumograph 1021 to Gallery
Added Venus Drawing (alligator finish) to Gallery
Added Worther Shorty (red) to Gallery
Added additional variants of the C-Thru 3502 to Gallery
Added newer L&C Hardtmuth “Koh-I-Noor” 1511 variant to Gallery
Added US Patent 2,339,514, Clutch Pencil
Added US Patent Des. 166,161, Clutch Pencil or Similar Article
Updated the History of Leadholders
Added Database of Leadholder Leads
Updated the Grafo Versatil Gallery entry
Updated the History of Leadholders
Updated the Leadholder Patents
Updated the Precisionpoint Patent.  It features an unusually lucid and informative opening few paragraphs.
Updated and renamed the “Index of Leadholders” to the Leadholder Database
Added Precisionpoint 110 lead pointer to Gallery
Added Alvin Pro-Matic De-Lux to Gallery
Added Staedtler Mars Technico 782 to Gallery
Many minor revisions
Added Patents page
Added Koh-I-Noor 5617 “Select-O-Matic” to Gallery
Added Koh-I-Noor 992WC lead pointer to Gallery
Added US patent Design 144,474, Pencil Lead Holder
Added US patent 2,751,700, Indicators
Added US patent 4,124,048, Lead Sharpener
Added US patent 2,540,320, Pencil Pointer
Added US patent 2,801,613, Lead Gripping Means
Added US patent 3,042,003, Pencil Pointer
Added and improved many, many other things too numerous to mention
Added “Where to Buy New Leadholders” section to the Links
Added Leadholder Index by Manufacturer
Added “Pencil Usage” excerpt from Engineering Drawing a classic textbook
Added the Eberhard Faber Microtomic 614 to Gallery
Added patent information for the Eagle Turquoise 17 lead pointer
Added patent information for the Precision Point lead pointer
Removed the “What is a Leadholder” section and folded it into History
Added History section
Added several Lead Pointers to Gallery
Added the unique Rollex Pencil to Gallery
Removed “Wanted” section (any leadholder not in the collection is “wanted”)

I have recently found patent information for some of the Gallery items.  I will be adding this to the item descriptions and to the History section as time permits.
Added “Wanted” section
Added Faber-Castell TK 9400 to Gallery
Added Staedtler Mars Technico 783 to Gallery
Added What’s New? section
Added What’s a Leadholder?
Added Links section
Added A. W. Faber “Siberian” HH to Gallery
Added L&C Hardtmuth “Koh-I-Noor” 1511 2H to Gallery
Added Dietzgen Elastichuck 3174, red version to Gallery

The site goes live!

(Note:  Leadholder goes live on this date.  For approximately six months prior to this date the site was known as the Smithtwins.com Leadholder Collection and was hosted at the now defunct smithtwins.com.)


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