Who invented the pencil?

6 Mar 2018

Did you know that 98% of American citizens have touched a pencil at least once in their life?. But only about 47% know who actually created the pencil. Imagine having ink jars on our desks to stick feathers instead of pencils. It would be a whole different world. Who knew something so small could affect us so greatly?

Who, Why, And How was the pencil made?


It was in 1564 that Conrad Gessner invented the pencil. It was created in his father's factory in London, England. The factory was later destroyed in a World War II bombing.  The word pencil comes from the Latin word pencillus which means “ little tail”.


Now you can't have light without dark, therefore you can't have a pencil without an eraser. Before they had rubber erasers, artists and writers would have to use bread crumbs to erase their mistakes. Take out a pencil and notice all the hardships and detail put into making it. Its color, shape, size, and how the lead fits inside. What do you think came first the lead or the pencil?  Sumi believes that the “ pencil comes first and then the lead.” She is correct they form the pencil and then fit the lead inside.


Now you might be wondering why out of all the colors in the rainbow did they pick yellow to be the color of the pencil.  Is it because it’s brightness will keep kids awake during class? That does make sense, but actually the color yellow represents loyalty and respect. Conrad Gessner thought that it would be a good message to pass onto the world.

Remember the little things are the easiest to overlook, but those little things are often the most interesting and most important things. You can learn so much in the world,  just by keeping your eyes wide open.




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