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Despite the delete key, the eraser pencil prevails

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Sketches from Hymen L. Lipman's original patent. (Courtesy of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)

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A pencil from the late 1890s, similar to Hymen L. Lipman's original flat eraser design. (Courtesy of Doug Martin)

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During the recent writer's strike, the Writers Guild of America licensed this image and used it on buttons as a sign of writer's solidarity. (Photo courtesy of George W. Hart)

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The eraser pencil turns 150 this year. It has survived the ballpoint pen, the typewriter and the personal computer, and still has a dedicated following. Something to chew on.


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