A virtual mini-museum of the halcyon days of the Canadian pencil industry.
Mongol pencils were made by Eberhard Faber (Canada) Ltd at their factory in Acton Vale, Quebec (at 1100 Bernard St.). Most of these pencils were most likely made in the early-1960s to mid-1970s. The Eberhard Faber factory in Acton was acquired by Dixon Ticonderoga in 1978.
I have pencils with both the EF logo and the diamond star logo. The EF logo appears to have been registered in Canada in 1965. The diamond star logo is older and registered in 1921 and in use in the US even earlier.
I have one pencil, shown below, that is stamped "Gouvernement du Quebec."
Canadian made Eberhard Faber pencils are fairly rare. The factory in Acton Vale, Quebec was not established until 1951 and only lasted until 1977 when it was sold to Dixon. Eberhard Faber made a wide variety of pencils. This post is just about writing pencils (except Mongol pencils which are in a separate post).
Without a doubt, my favourite vintage Canadian pencil is the Maritimer 1758 HB manufactured by Eberhard Faber. 1758 was the year that representative government was established in Canada with representative government in Nova Scotia. In 2008, there was a celebration was entitled Democracy 250 to commemorate this.
It is a beautiful pencil with glossy red paint and bold white lettering. I don't know much about this pencil other than what is listed at Brand Name Pencils. Eberhard Faber made a series of these pencils in Canada including the Newfoundlander 1497 HB (1497 was the year of John Cabot's voyage).
While I don't have a Newfoundlander pencil, I do have which appears to be called Caddu 666 HB (or perhaps Caddy?). If you know more about these pencils, I would love to know more.
The quintessential Canadian pencil?