Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Jones Dairy, Maker Unknown
It's a little odd to find in the family desk, a pencil from a dairy wholesaler. Irv Jones, of Jones Dairy in Des Moines, only sold his milk wholesale. I can't quite figure how our family would have acquired this pencil, but I'm pretty sure my grandfather was involved. He loved meeting people, and at one time worked for Flynn Dairy in Urbandale.
There is no maker marking on this cream-yellow marble pencil with the milk bottle cap. It is a 5 & 3/8 inch middle twist pencil, and the milk bottle pulls off. There's an eraser underneath. The silver-colored trim is in nice condition, but the friction-fit tube-drive mechanism is stripped, unfortunately.
It uses 1.0 mm lead, dating this to the early-to-mid 1930s. One possibility for the maker is the Quickpoint company of St. Louis, who made mostly advertising pencils.
If you know more, please leave a comment.