Did you know why pencils are painted yellow?

“During the 1800s, the best graphite in the world came from China. American pencil makers wanted a special way to tell people that their pencils contained Chinese graphite.

In China, the color yellow is associated with royalty and respect. American pencil manufacturers began painting their pencils bright yellow to communicate this “regal” feeling and association with China. However, according to Henry Petroski’s history of the pencil, the European producer Koh-I-Noor was the first to paint one of their pencils yellow.”

Color: A Natural History of the Palette . is an amazingly inspirational book. Victoria Finley travels throughout the world investigating the origins of color. Her book is filled with intriguing stories about each color of the spectrum. What a  creative idea and fantastic way to experience and see the world. I wish I had thought of this!

Staying on the color theme, I saw a beautiful informational you tube clip about the making of ink. This is the best marketing piece I have seen- it makes me want to go out and buy ink or for that matter work there. Check it out. Click HERE


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