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Ferdie Grofé (1892-1972) was a composer, arranger, and pianist. Known also as the “Prime (or Prince) Minister of Jazz” (working under Paul Whiteman, who was sometimes referred to as the “King of Jazz”), Grofé became widely recognized for his arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in 1924. Originally composed for two pianos, the lush, colorful version that most are familiar with is Grofé’s arrangement. His well-rounded career included conducting, teaching at The Juilliard School, and composing for film.

I wonder if the container found between the score and the sharpener is the bottom of the Blackwing box; it looks right.

Whenever I see photographs of people holding a Blackwing and it’s missing an eraser, I often wonder whether it was taken out on purpose. The word that first comes to mind when I think about the Blackwing’s original eraser is “ironic”.