March 30, 2015
|Cedar Pointe Pencils: photo by Cliff Hutson|
Each year, March 30th is National Pencil Day. Presumably because on March 30th, 1858, Hyman Lipman, a Philadelphia inventor, patented the first pencil with its own eraser.
The implement we recognize as the wood encased pencil goes back at least as far as 1565, and many of us today use pencils without attached erasers. But, this is a good as day as any to celebrate such a useful implement.