A virtual mini-museum of the halcyon days of the Canadian pencil industry.
La Manufacture Canadienne de Crayons was a pencil company established in Marieville, Quebec in 1959. In English, this company was known as the Canadian Pencil Co. Ltd. (C.P.C.). The factory was inaugurated in April 1960. It was the only purely Canadian pencil company at the time, the others in Canada were all subsidiaries of U.S. companies. I'm not sure how long the company lasted, or how long they produced pencils, but is seems to have been in place at least until the early 1970s.
The factory was located at 101 St. Charles Street in Marieville, Quebec. I believe the civic address (but not the location) later changed to 675 St. Charles Street. Schola Inc. is now at that location and makes art supplies.
The pencil below, with the name Distinction 350, is probably from this company. The logo appears to be an outline of the country of Canada in an oval. It also has C.P.C (Canadian Pencil Company) and C.C.C. (Crayon Compagnie Canadienne?) initials on it.
From Le Courrier de St-Hyacinthe, jeudi 7 avril 1960
Hon. Laurent Barré inaugurates a new plant in Marieville
The Hon. Laurent Barré, Minister of Agriculture in the cabinet of the Hon. Antonio Barrette, Premier of the Province, Member of Parliament for Rouville County at the Legislative Assembly, presided last Saturday at the opening of the Canadian Pencils Manufacture in Marieville.
After seeing the traditional ribbon cutting, the minister is happy to see a new industry in Marieville. "We need," he says, "small industries like yours, but it's important that they be built on a solid foundation for the prosperity of the city." Bishop Euclide Théberge, parish priest of the parish, proceeded to the blessing of the factory and wished the industry to take a considerable step forward for the benefit of the landowners and fellow citizens of Marievillie. Other guests said a few words, including Mayor Jean Beauregard. Then there was a visit to the factory.
The Canadian Manufacture of Crayons currently has some fifteen employees. It is the only French-Canadian pencil company established in Canada. A reception followed, at which besides the appointed persons, MM. Roger Parent and Guy Renaud owners of the plant; Ovila Goyette, secretary of the municipality, MM. Arthur Ostiguy, Ephrem Robidoux and Lueien Guité, alderman.