General Pencil Drawing Supplies
The General Pencil Company has been owned and operated by the Weissenborn family since 1889. The company was founded by Oscar Weissenborn, who was following in his father’s footsteps. Edward Weissenborm, Oscar’s father, was one of America’s first pencil manufacturers. Edward’s company, The American Pencil Company, was very successful, even gaining letters of recommendation from members of Lincoln’s cabinet. However, in 1885 The American Pencil Company was sold to the Reckford family so Edward could pursue a career in naval engineering. It was four years later when Oscar decided to carry on the family’s tradition, and founded the Pencil Exchange in Jersey City, NJ. World War 1 made it difficult for the factory to get the leads it needed from Germany, but it was within these years that the company experimented and developed some of their most unique products. The Pencil Exchange was renamed the General Pencil Company in 1923, and today the company still operates as a family business and still practices the American-made methods that made it famous.