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Dixon pencils in a Mason jar.

One of the most ubiquitous pencils in the US. When I was a kid, I tended to use other pencils more than Ticonderogas — the Venus Velvet, for example (and others to be mentioned later this month) — but these pencils were everywhere in school.

And they’re still everywhere. There’s always a few in the jar in the kitchen for making grocery lists. I have dozens of newer Ticonderogas scattered around the house, both US-made:

3 Ticonderogas

…and newer ones from after the redesign and the move overseas:

modern Ticonderogas

And I have a few left from my childhood (these are probably forty or fifty years old):

old Dixon pencils

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