U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 25: Rubbed Out

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America — Saturday, March 25th.  The fact that pencils have erasers is supposed to indicate that no one is perfect.  But it’s doubtful that people were perfect before this month in 1858.  That’s when Hyman Lipman was granted a patent for a pencil with an incorporated rubber eraser.  Lipman’s eraser could be sharpened, as it protruded from the wood sheath at the end opposite the graphite.  The familiar wood-encased pencil dates back to 1662, when they were mass-produced in Nuremberg, Germany.  More than 350 years on, and despite all of our electronic marvels, more than 14 billion pencils are produced globally every year. U.S. annual production is around 2 billion, and annual sales of pencils and art supplies come to around $1.3 billion.  You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

Hyman Lipman/accessed 1/10/2017:  http://pabook2.libraries.psu.edu/palitmap/Pencil.html 
Pencil facts/access 1/10/2017:  https://www.pencils.net/didyaknow.cfm 
Development/accessed 1/10/2017:  http://pencils.com/pencil-history/ 
Revenues/NAICS 339942:  https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ECN/2012_US/00CBDG2//naics~339942

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Audio” in the “Library” pull-down menu). 


SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau