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Mars Lumograph 1904
Note: The "Lincoln Blue Print" label was applied by the seller.

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 1904 “Tracing Refills”

J. S. Staedtler, Nürnberg, Germany

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm (2.6 mm for ExB degree)
ExB, 2B–B, HB, F, H–6H (full range unkown)
6
paper box
1931 to (1940s)
Germany
 
see also pre-Lumograph Staedtler “Mars” drawing leads
The Lumograph brand was introduced about 1931. The lead's composition was formulated specifically for the creation of graphite drawings that could be printed from without the need for inking hence the “Tracing Refills” designation. I believe the Mars Lumograph formulation soon proved superior to the plain Mars leads and supplanted them.

Mars Lumograph 1904

German packaging. Note the purple “1” stamped on to indicate twelve rather than six leads. courtesy Allan Macdonald collection

  Staedtler Mars Lumograph 1904 (paper core, Euopean package)
Note the German spelling "Blei-Minen" on this European package.
Also note the 2.6 mm thickness of these 6B leads.

Mars Lumograph No. 1904 Drawing Leads

(paper box with paper covered core)

J. S. Staedtler, Nürnberg, Germany

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm (2.6 mm for softer leads)
18: ExB, 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
6 or 12
wood core with paperboard shell
1940s
Germany
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 1904 (paper core, Euopean package)


A 1/2 dozen count box, this one sold in the USA.


a later example with 12 leads in the same style box with an applied "12 Leads" tag.
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 1904 Euopean Package - open
Note the German spelling "Blei-Minen" on this European package.

Mars Lumograph No. 1904 Drawing Leads

(paper box with Beech wood core)

J. S. Staedtler, Nürnberg, Germany

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm (2.6 mm for softer leads)
18: ExB, 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
6 or 12
wood core with paperboard shell
1950s
Germany
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 1904 Euopean Package - top
see also Keuffel & Esser Co. catalog, 1954, p 263
Defiance Sales Corp. catalog, 1955, p 249
Charles Bruning Co. Catalog, 1957, p 205
"Your Brain's Best Friends,"1958 magazine ad
Alfred Mossner Co. Catalog, 1959, p 58

Staedtler Mars Lumograph Duralar leads

The wooden core of these packages are made of beech, a very hard wood typically used in furniture construction and excessively strong for packing leads. Beech was also used for the production of Staedtler's Technico 1000 series leadholders which was sensible as the leadholders have a thin-walled barrel requiring a strong material. The on-hand supplies of beech wood for leaholder production then may explain why the wood was also used for the lead packages.


a still later example with a faux "12 Leads" tag now printed directly on the label.

 
French packaging.

Mars Lumograph No. 1904 Drawing Leads

(paper tube)

J. S. Staedtler, Nürnberg, Germany

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm (2.6 mm for softer leads)
18: ExB, 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
6
paper tube
(1950s)
Germany
  
see also J.S. Staedtler Tradition 1900 leads (France)
reverse

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 1904

(plastic flip top box)

J.S. Staedtler, Nürnberg, Germany

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm (2.6 mm for softer leads)
18: XB, 6B–B, HB, F, H–6H
12 or 6
plastic box
1960s
Germany
 
  Staedtler Mars Lumograph 200 (flip top)
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 200 (flip top)
reverse

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 200

(plastic flip top box)

J.S. Staedtler, Nürnberg, Germany

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm
18: EB, 6B–B, HB, F, H–6H
12 or 6
plastic box
1970s
Germany
  
see also Staedtler Noris Drawing Leads

This is the missing link. Model number 200 but still in the old model 1904 package. At some point in the 1970s Staedtler revamped their model numbers. Lumograph leads changed from 1904 to 200 and Lumograph pencils changed from 2886 to 100. Seems sensible. If you're into nice, round numbers.

Rudolph: Hey, Johann! Let's waste 10,000 man-hours changing all our packaging and order forms and inventory system so we can use smaller part numbers!

Johann: Good idea, Rudolph!


I bet it wasn't like that. I bet it was more like this:

Fast-talking salesman from IBM: Rudolph, Johann, let me tell you about the new Brainiac 9000. It's a COM-PYEW-TUR. An electronic brain that “thinks” one-thousand times faster than a human!

Rudolph & Johann : Wimmern!

Fast-talking salesman from IBM: With it you could do your payroll in 14 secondsI

Rudolph & Johann : We'll take it! Here's all our money!

Fast-talking salesman from IBM: Danke. Oh, one thing. It can only handle part numbers with three digits. Auf Wiedersehen.

Rudolph & Johann : Scheiße!


A week passes and Rudolph and Johann have devised a plan...

Rudolph & Johann : Ummm... Yeah... Helga, sweety, we're going to need you to work this weekend. Yeah... You see we're going to rework our accounting and inventory systems to accomodate a new three-digit part number thing we're implementing. Right... And when you're finished it'd be just super if you could move your desk into storage, mmmkay? Yeah... Because we sorta need the space for the new Braniac 9000. Oh, and when you're done with those things you can just kinda take off and not come back, mmmkay? Becuse you're fired. The Braniac 9000 will do your job from now on, mmmkay? Great!

 

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 200

(plastic roll top box)

J.S. Staedtler, Nürnberg, Germany

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm
18: EB, 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
12
plastic box
(late 1970s)-2005
Germany
  
see also Staedtler Mars Catalog, 1985, p 16
Staedtler Katalog 1987-88, p 12

This example of a roll top box's reverse graphic illustrates the interchangeable color coded pushbuttons for Staedtler leadholders that came with each pack of 12 leads.


An alternative example of a roll top box's reverse graphic advertising the Mars Plastic eraser.

Mars Carbon 200

Staedtler Mars

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm
7: 4B, 2B, B, HB, H, 2H, 4H
12
plastic box
2005 to present (2008)
Germany
 
I’m not sure what the story is with these “Carbon” leads. They retain the model 200 designation previously used by the 80-year-old “Lumograph” brand that preceded these and I suspect they are actually the same leads. My guess is that Staedtler wanted to bring their thin lead and thick leads under a single brand and “carbon” made sense for the thin leads which are typically produced using a technique known as “carbonization,” so they just decided to call all their graphite leads for mechanical pencils “carbon.”
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 200-2
 

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 200 E2

J.S. Staedtler, Nürnberg, Germany

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm
18: EB, 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
2
plastic tube
(1970s) to present
Germany
  
see also Staedtler Mars Catalog, 1985, p 16
Staedtler Katalog 1987-88, p 12
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 200-2
circa 1980s-90s package