Retro stationery

Vintage pencil sharpenersNovelty pencil sharpeners,
made in Hong Kong 1970s

I LOVE retro stationery [because I used it as a youngster, you understand. This explains everything.]

So – here we have a world globe pencil sharpener [which rotates on it’s axis] but it’s kinda inaccurate when you look at- you know- the world…but what do you want from a 70s pencil sharpener? Geographic accuracy? It’s a pencil sharpener!

Next up a pair of swan sharpeners. The pencil goes in where the sun don’t shine. Enough said.

And my favourite- a perpetual calendar- with three moveable wheels for the day, date and month. I’ve set it for my actual birth date- as you do.

The globe comes in it’s original box [no 7204] and the date indicator also [MW, no 153]- whereas the swans do not.

And in the background – a Globite square school case, which is rusted and old and creaky and half broken. I love it. I have been instructed to lose it- but – it’s square, and rusted and half broken. I can’t.

The swan sharpeners and the perpetual calendar sharpener are for sale: $AUD20 each

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60s – the world as we knew it

Earth and Moon GlobesReader’s Digest Earth and Lunar globes
made in USA, c. 1960s

Here we have two globes – Earth and the Moon, and an accompanying Atlas [not photographed, but part of the collection.] The earth globe has a teak base, brass orbiting arms, and it features raised mountains. The lunar globe is metal, and sits on a plastic ‘crater’ base [difficult to capture in this image, it’s out of shot.]

The Moon globe is inscribed with the [then know] lunar features and the moon landing sites. It is [hilariously] way out of scale with the earth globe, but obviously necessarily so.

The lunar globe is a little discoloured in places – it’s had a long hard life due to the fascination we all have with the moon and its places. The earth globe and atlas are in top order.

For sale: $AUD175 [including 1960 Atlas]

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