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Columbia Pencil & Crayon Co.
Australia
1919 - Current

 

Aliases

 

Columbia Pencil & Crayon Co.

 

Locations                                                                                         

 

Sydney, Australia

History

 

Columbia Pencil & Crayon Co. was founded in Sydney, Australia in 1919.  The original plant and offices located on City Rd, Sydney, the Columbia brand focused solely on the importing and distribution of carbon papers and inked ribbons throughout Australia.

 

In 1931, the founder of Columbia Australia, G.H Horton, secured the machinery, raw materials and technical 'know-how' to produce carbon paper and ribbons in Australia. This was undertaken under the license agreement created with Columbia Ribbon & Manufacturing Company, New York, and was the start of Australian made products being distributed all around the country. This expansion increased in the 1940's with the newly designed factory at Lane Cove, Sydney, and marked the beginning of the mass production of pencils in Australia.

 

This unique manufacturing method resulted in Columbia Pencil & Crayon Company being the only pencil lead manufacturing plant in the Southern Hemisphere.

 

The expansion into the pencils category created the beginning of the well-loved pencils Australians have come to work with up to today. Copperplate, Cadet, Formative and Colour Sketch were all part of the initial production from the Lane Cove based pencil plant.

 

Changes in production processes and different ranges phased in and out, but the reliability and quality of Columbia pencils have always remained constant.  In addition to pencils, they also produced crayons but currently we know of only one older example.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

                                                                                                                                                                                          

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Master Touch

CPC0001

TFT

12

12

Orange,Blue

Easel

Dog and chair

Unknown

9

$20

 

Photos

 

 

 

CPC0001