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    Posted 3 years ago

    dav2no1
    (815 items)

    Too Cool For School

    Hey man! Don't be a fool and think you're too cool for school. You may not be the sharpest pencil in the class but maybe these pencil sharpeners will help you.

    Boston L
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    Apsco Giant - type 3A cutter assembly - US PROPERTY

    APSCO
    For most of its existence, the Automatic Pencil Sharpener Company was owned and operated by the Spengler-Loomis MFG Co. of Chicago. In 1905, APSCO’s home office was located in New York City, on Broadway.

    The Spengler-Loomis MFG Company wouldn’t officially buy out APSCO and move it to Chicago until 1911.

    In 1913, a new factory space was commissioned.The APSCO and Spengler-Loomis corporate headquarters, meanwhile, remained in Chicago.

    The state-of-the-art Rockford factory was completed in 1914 and covered 26,000 square feet, with upwards of 150 employees soon working to produce half a million pencil sharpeners per year.

    in 1916 there was a labor dispute and some of the fired men returned and started a riot. this resulted in 22 people going to jail.

    As World War I was underway, and much of the production at the Spengler-Loomis plant was shifting into government contract work. Along with pencil sharpeners, the plant normally manufactured they started making trunk hardware, stamping tools, sugar dispensers, and a line of stove-top ovens, to name a few. Now they were slowed by metal rationing and patent theft.

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    1. dav2no1 dav2no1, 3 years ago
      Did you guys catch this? Isn't that amazing! Those were the days.....

      "1914 and covered 26,000 square feet, with upwards of 150 employees soon working to produce half a million pencil sharpeners per year."
    2. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 years ago
      Just think of all those ground up pencils!
      The teacher’s pet usually got the fun job of emptying the pencil sharpeners. :-)
    3. SkyPilot SkyPilot, 2 years ago
      I have a couple of these ...reminds me of school I spent more time at the Pencil Sharpener be cause there was this cute girl right next to it ....lol the teacher would tell me to go sit down 3 or 4 times in class.. cool collection .
    4. dav2no1 dav2no1, 2 years ago
      Great story. I always tell people that often the monetary value of an item can be low, but the memories it triggers are priceless.

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