Balki’s Blackwings

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The local DMV from the show Perfect Strangers seems to have preferred Eberhard Faber Blackwing pencils:

But the employees weren’t the only ones to use them: it looks like they were made available to everyone.

But, is anyone else concerned that all of the paperwork was being filled out in pencil?

Thanks to reader Al for the tip!

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From the new Netflix documentary Quincy, a young Quincy Jones can be seen using an Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602.

Thanks to Harry for the tip!

Blackwings For Daisy

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Composer Oliver Wallace (1887-1963) is seen using an Eberhard Faber Blackwing in a Disney film from 1956. His task is to compose a song for Daisy Duck. You can just about see the pencil’s logo here:

Meanwhile, animator Ollie Johnston (1912-2008) is putting the finishing touches on Donald Duck:

However, Donald seems to take exception at this:

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Laurie Spiegel’s Blackwing in “Little Doorways To Paths Not Yet Taken”

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There are a lot of good reasons to watch the short film Little Doorways To Paths Not Yet Taken, not least of which includes this shot of Laurie Spiegel‘s Blackwing in its native habitat.

This short feature was filmed, directed, and edited by Aura Satz, and can be watched here:

Door Stop? Table Leveler?

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A selection from the 1965-66 Blackwing campaign launched by Eberhard Faber Inc.

The campaign was the brainchild of Julia Faber, widow of Eberhard Faber III (1893-1945), who became vice president of the company and later a chairman. It marks one of the relatively few times that the company advertised the Blackwing directly (i.e. compared to the Mongol or Van Dyke, etc.).

Colonel Klink’s Blackwing

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It seems Hogan wasn’t the only colonel at Stalag 13 who used Eberhard Faber Blackwing pencils.

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And it looks like there were at least four more ready to go in his pencil pot:

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Given that they were around on set, I suppose now the hunt is on to see how many cast members can be found holding a Blackwing.

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Thanks again to reader Dan for the tip!