Web Resources Concerning the Mechanical Pencil Industry in Chicago
Robert L. Bolin
Univerisity of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-4100
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My name is Bob Bolin. I am interested in the history of a the
Autopoint and Dur-O-Lite companies in Chicago from the 1920s into the 1970s. I am also interested in their founders and officers, especially:
- Charles Keeran, founder of Eversharp and an early partner in Autopoint
- Frank Deli, a founder of Autopoint and long-time officer
- Michael Kaufmann, a founder of Autopoint
- John Lynn, a founder of Autopoint and a founder and longtime officer of Dur-O-Lite
This is a collection of material assembled in support of my research.
Corrections, comments, and suggestions are welcome.
I can be reached at: email@example.com
This webpage presents catalogs
and other documents offering products for sale as well as guarantees
and similar documents. Those documents are presented for historical
- The companies that published those
catalogs and issued those guarantees no longer exist. In the
last 30 years, the Autopoint product line has been sold several
times. The present Autopoint Company cannot be bound by those
- The current Autopoint Company cannot repair antique Autopoint pencils.
Although the pencils sold by the Autopoint Company resemble older pencils,
those products were reengineered in the 1970s. The parts of older
pencils are not interchangable with new pencil parts.
If you love Autopoint pencils, you can simply buy new pencils
from the new Autopoint Company. They are available online at:
The Autopoint Company
Autopoint Related Documents
- Autopoint Company Catalogs
- Autopoint Company Newsletters
During the 1960s the Autopoint Company published an
in-house newsletter called Autographs. Some of the
Autographs have been digitized in Adobe Acrobat format.
Autographs: Autopoint Company Newsletter
- Material Related to Charles R. Keeran
Mr. Keeran was the founder of the Eversharp pencil company and an early partner in the Autopoint Company.
Material Related to Frank Deli
Frank Deli was a founder of Autopoint and a longtime officer of the corporation.
Two documents containing biographical information prepared by Mr. Deli are presented below.
Material Related to Sol Shulman
Identification Guides for Autopoint Pencils
Sol Shulman was the president of the Autopoint Company in
the 1960s. He has been of great assistance in my pencil research.
Dur-O-Lite Related Documents
The Dur-O-Lite company was founded by John Lynn after he sold his interest in Autopoint.
Dur-O-Lite was a rival of Autopoints for many years.
- Dur-O-Lite Sales Material
- Dur-O-Lite Postals, 1934
This is a set of advertising post cards apparently issued in 1934 when Dur-)-Lite was
Located in Sycamore, Illinois.
They show key people and facilities of Dur-O-Lite and the manufacturing process.
Documents about Spiral Pencils
During the 1940s, 50s, and 60s both the Autopoint and
Dur-O-Lite companies manufactured nearly identical versions of a
distinctive type of pencil. The paper "An Autopoint/Dur-O-Lite Mystery
Solved" explains how the two rival companies came to produce nearly
identical pencils. The paper "A Guide to Autopoint and Dur-O-Lite Spiral
Pencils" describes the variations of the spiral pencils.