Vintage Pencil Boxes

Vintage Canco Beautebox TIN Pencil Box JACKIE RARE TIN
Vintage Canco Beautebox TIN Pencil Box JACKIE RARE TIN

There’s no getting around: First Day of School equals a new pencil box. You had your knee-high socks,  brand new shoes, Jansport backpack, notebooks all neatly covered but the back-to-school experience wasn’t complete without knowing that your pencils and pens were boxed in a perfect, enviable pencil box.

Vintage Mars Staedtler Hinged Tin Pencil Box
Vintage Mars Staedtler Hinged Tin Pencil Box

For me it was the most important item in my backpack. I would take my time dismissing all the different pencil boxes that were presented until I found the right one.

Retro Pen Tin Box Pencil Case Metal Container Candy Storage
Retro Pen Tin Box Pencil Case Metal Container Candy Storage

We would stow the most mundane to most interesting bits in the safe storage of our pencil box. Chewing gums, iridescent stickers, pocket-money and sometimes even movie tickets. We would underline a layer of our pencil box with our crafts paper and then store our fun stuff beneath it.

 Metal Pencil Case
Metal Pencil Case

Our pencil boxes were geared for daily life and daily rituals – sharpening pencils the night before, checking if we had the refills for our ball pens and ink cartridges for the fountain pens. Since the interiors of our pencil boxes were often marked with pencil marks, we would use the eraser to swipe them clean.

Taki Steve / Via Flickr: 13519089@N03 / Creative Commons
Taki Steve / Via Flickr: 13519089@N03 / Creative Commons

Pencil boxes came in all different shapes and types – as simple as a box with a humble lid (my favorite kind) or as elaborate and fancy as electronic toolbox or swiss army knife. Some of these fancy ones would come with a built-in sharpener, pencil erasers, rulers, scissors along with other secret compartments.

Inklinks ~Pencil Box
Inklinks ~Pencil Box
Cavallini & Co. Vintage Bicycles Pencil
Cavallini & Co. Vintage Bicycles Pencil

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French Vintage wooden pencil box,where is inscribed 'Plumier',with a sliding lid,from the 1940s.
French Vintage wooden pencil box,where is inscribed ‘Plumier’,with a sliding lid,from the 1940s.

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