A virtual mini-museum of the halcyon days of the Canadian pencil industry.
One of my favourite vintage Canadian pencil is the Venus Velvet. They were known for their high quality and also for their trademark blue band around the ferrule of the pencil. It was one of the most popular pencils of the American Lead Pencil Company. So popular indeed that when the company opened in Canada, the affiliate was named the Venus Pencil Company Ltd. Indeed the American Lead Pencil Company changed its name in 1956 to the Venus Pen and Pencil Corporation. I'm fortunate to have a number of these pencils in great condition.
Venus Pencil Company
Venus Esterbrook Canada Ltd.
These pencils date from the early 1970s after the Venus Pencil Company acquired Esterbrook.
These pencils are probably from the 1980s. Faber-Castell acquired Venus Esterbrook in 1966. They no longer have Canada stamped on the side and the printing is in gold instead of blue.