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Staedtler’s “Mars” brand Professional Drawing products

Staedtler’s Mars brand of professional grade dawing equipment was introduced in 1900. The certerpiece of this line was the Mars drawing pencil. The familiar Lumograph version of the Mars pencil was introduced in the early 1930s and contained a new formulation for the lead specifically intended to be used to trace drawings, instead of the traditional ink, creating lines dark and opaque enough to be reproduced as blueprints. The pencil was a great success and must have been found very satisfactory for non-tracing uses as well.

Like other brands of German pencils, Staedtler pencils were made in the USA during World War II. The 1943 war time edition of New York’s Keuffel and Esser company catalog featured a made-in-USA non-Lumograph Mars 1225 drawing pencil.

Mars 1225

J.S. Staedtler, Nürnberg, Germany

production date
origin
available degrees
circa 1920
Bavaria
H, 2H–7H (full range unknown)
 
see also Staedtler “Mars” brand history

reverse; with special 275th anniversary imprint

Mars Lumograph 2886

J.S. Staedtler Inc., Nürnberg, Germany

production date
origin
available degrees
circa 1930s
Germany
13: ExExB, ExB, 3B, 2B, B, HB, F, H, 2H, 3H, 4H, 5H, 6H
 
see also Staedtler “Mars” brand history
Keuffel & Esser Co. catalog, 1936, p 297
Charles Bruning Co. catalog, 1936, p 214

Mars dozen case
metal box of one dozen lumographs circa 1930s


reverse

Mars Lumograph 2886 / Keuffel & Esser 3376

J.S. Staedtler Inc., Nürnberg, Germany / Keuffel & Esser, New York

production date
origin
available degrees
late 1940s–50s
Germany
19: ExExB, ExB, 6B–B, HB, F, H–6H
 
see also Staedtler “Mars” brand history
Staedtler Mars Lumograph magazine ad, 1947
Keuffel & Esser Co. catalog, 1954, p 262

This pencil (two views above) was custom imprinted for the Keuffel & Esser Co.


Metal box of one dozen lumographs circa 1940s to 1950s.

notice the name has now been combined with a hyphen: “Mars-Lumograph”

Mars-Lumograph 2886

J.S. Staedtler Inc., Nürnberg, Germany


Metal box of one dozen lumographs circa late 1950s. Notice the more abstract Mars head graphic than earlier boxes.
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100 (left hand imprint)

Staedtler Mars-Lumograph 100

J.S. Staedtler, Nürnberg, Germany

production date
origin
available degrees
circa early 1970s
Germany
19: EE, EB, 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
 
see also Staedtler “Mars” brand history
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100 (left hand imprint) box of 12
Box of twelve. Notice the second from top has the imprint inverted. Hah.
Staedetler Mars Lumograph 100

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100

Staedtler, Nürnberg, Germany

production date
origin
available degrees
1970s to (2005)
Germany
19: EE, EB, 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
 
see also Staedtler “Mars” brand history
Staedtler-Mars 1978 dealer calendar
Staedtler Mars Catalog, 1985, p 16
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100 box of 12
Staedetler Mars Lumograph 100
Staedetler Mars Lumograph 100
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Mars Lumograph

Staedlter, Nürnberg, Germany

production date
origin
available degrees
2005 to present (2008)
Germany
16: 8B–B, HB, F, H–6H
see also Staedtler “Mars” brand history

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Staedtler Mars Lumograph 2888 Chisel-Point

J.S. Staedtler, Nürnberg, Germany

production date
origin
available degrees
1930s to (1960)
Germany
2H, 4H, ?
 
see also Staedtler “Mars” brand history
"Your Brain's Best Friends," 1958 magazine ad
The 2888 Chisel-Point pencils included one factory sharpened example in each box of 12 — well, the box I have is this way at any rate. These pencils are quite fetching with a rounded, flat section something like a miniature carpenter’s pencil. Other chisel point pencils such as the Castell 9003 had flat leads encased in the traditional hexagonal case.



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