Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia, PA, USA, patented a Pencil with an attached eraser. On March 30th 1858, he received a U.S. patent for it. The patent stated that the pencil had a groove, into which was “secured a piece of prepared rubber, glued in at the one end.”
March 30th 1858
Hyman L. Lipman
Philadelphia, PA, USA
- Hymen Lipman – Wikipedia
Hymen L. Lipman (March 20, 1817 – November 4, 1893) is credited with registering the first patent for a pencil with an attached eraser on March 30, 1858 (U.S. Patent 19,783).
- Hymen Lipman Pencil Patent: Innovation in the Industry – Pencils.com
There have been many innovations in pencil design or methods of production through the last several hundred years. March 30th, 2008 marked the 150th anniversary of a famous patent which was the first patent to address the installation of a rubber eraser at the end of a wood-cased pencil.
- Almanac: Pencil with attached eraser – CBS News
And now a page from our “Sunday Morning” Almanac: March 30th, 1858, 156 years ago today . . . the day a Philadelphia inventor made his mark. For that was the day Hyman Lipman patented the first pencil with its own eraser . . .a strip of rubber embedded in the end that had to be sharpened just like the graphite point.
- Who Made That Built-In Eraser? – The New York Times
In 1858, a stationer named Hymen Lipman patented a newfangled pencil with a rubber plug embedded in one end of its wood shaft. An entrepreneur named Joseph Reckendorfer guessed that the pencil-plus-eraser would become a blockbuster product and bought the patent from Lipman for $100,000, about $2 million in today’s dollars.