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Historically, American pencils were painted yellow to note that they contained Chinese graphite, which was considered superior.

Pencil - Wikipedia

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A pencil is a writing implement or art medium constructed of a narrow, solid pigment core inside a protective casing which prevents the core from being broken or leaving marks on the user's hand...

Why Are Pencils Yellow?: The Truth Behind Yellow Pencils - Pencils ...

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Pencils have been painted yellow ever since the 1890s, but the yellow pencil has a much deeper history than you might expect.

Pencil Facts: The Myth of the Yellow Pencil - Pencils.com

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At our Pencils.com site we explain the history of why so many pencils are painted yellow in the US. It's not clear to me where this estimate of 75% comes from ...

Why Are Pencils Yellow? - CBS News

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Jul 22, 2010 ... The tradition of yellow pencils began 120 years ago when a Hungarian ... high quality yellow pencils that were named after a famous yellow ...

Why Are Pencils Yellow? The True Story Behind The Yellow Pencil.

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Pencils are made of wood filled with graphite. During the 1800s, the best graphite in the world came from China. American pencil makers wanted a special way ...

Why are most pencils yellow? Take your pick - AZCentral.com

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Jan 15, 2006 ... Today's question: Why are pencils almost always yellow?

Why are most pencils yellow? - FunTrivia.com

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Dec 31, 2000 ... Pencils have been painted yellow ever since the 1890s. And that bright color isn't just so you can find them on your desk more easily! During ...

What Makes #2 Pencils So Special? | Mental Floss

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Jun 2, 2010 ... According to most stories, our pencils are yellow as a result of a clever marketing gimmick. In 1889 the Hardtmuth Company of Austria ...

The History of the Pencil - The Robinson Library

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Jul 9, 2015 ... The first pencils using a stick of graphite enclosed in a wood case were made ... Manufacturers began painting their pencils yellow in the 1890's ...