A virtual mini-museum of the halcyon days of the Canadian pencil industry.
The Dixon Chancellor is a relatively rare pencil to find. I recently found one in fair condition. The Chancellor was made by the Joseph Dixon Crucible Company of New Jersey before established a factory in Canada. I saw an advertisement from 1920 listing the Chancellor as well as other Dixon pencils for sale in Canada. The Dixon Company purchased the William Cane & Sons Pencil factory in Newmarket, Ontario in 1931 and established the Dixon Pencil Company of Canada. It is quite possible that the made in Canada Chancellor is just a re-branded Cane's pencil and likely made on the same equipment in the same factory. The Chancellor was made through at least the 1940s using Canadian graphite from the Black Donald Graphite Mine in Ontario. I'm not sure if Dixon ceased production of this pencil in 1954 when this source of graphite closed or if they found an alternate source of Canadian graphite and continued production.
Dixon had a nation wide advertising campaign in 1935 highlighting their new Chancellor pencil. You can see a few ads from newspapers across Canada below.
I found a nice bunch of vintage Canadian made pencils yesterday. Included were three Eagle pencils I don't have in my collection: an red Academic 40-HB, a Valor 131-H and a Mirado 172-2H. The 172 is the no ferule version of the more common 174. I also found a nice Venus Medalist - 1605 HB. While this pencil has no ferule, I've seen older versions of this pencil with the number 727 and a ferule with a green band.
I found this collection of vintage red pencils at a second hand shop today. I imagine that this is a from a teacher's collection of checking pencils used for marking papers. Three different red pencils, all with shiny gold imprints from three different Canadian pencil factories. The Berol Canadiana and Dixon Red 2210-R pencils are round and the Venus Handy-Check pencil is hexagonal.
S-Marque Inc. (which I believe later became Basics Office Products) sold Canadian made pencils. These pencils were manufactured by Dixon Ticonderoga Inc. for S-Marque probably in the mid-1980s. They were one of several companies that Dixon manufactured "Stripe Design" pencils for. These stripe design pencils had a band of yellow about the ferrule at the end of a pencil. Actually, the ferrule pictured on the box looks just like a Ticonderoga ferrule.
Below is a pencil lightly labeled "Made in Canada" from Zellers, a defunct Canadian discount retailer. The ferrule with the yellow strip is identical to the S-Marque pencil above. This is likely another "stripe design" pencil that was made by Dixon.
The Canadian Division of Dixon came to Newmarket, Ontario in 1931. Dixon bought out an existing pencil factory at 531 Davis Drive. They produced pencils here until 1990 when the factory was torn down.
The Ticonderoga is probably the most popular pencil made by Dixon and is a classic yellow pencil with its distinctive green ferrule with two yellow bands. In the US, the pencil advertisements often had patriotic american symbols and characters. In Canada there was often alternate advertising.