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Eclipse - the full story revealed at last.


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There have been two conflicting stories floating around concerning the founding of the Eclipse Pen and Pencil Company.  One version states that Marx Finstone started the company in 1903 in San Francisco.  The other states that Finstone started the company in New York in 1906.

 

Neither of these is correct. 

 

A third version suggests that Laughlin in Detroit might have had some connection with the brand.  

 

That is absolutely correct - Laughlin was supplying Eclipse-branded pens and got stuck with an order of them, which Laughlin liquidated, then continued offering "Eclipse" branded pens on its own account for a time.

 

The whole story has been presented at The Leadhead's Pencil Blog over the last two days, complete with source material:

 

Part One - Eclipse through 1911 (none of them involving Marx Finstone) is here:  "Correcting more than a typo"

Part Two - Marx Finstone's activities in New York, culminating with his formal organization of the Eclipse Pen and Pencil Company in December, 1925 is here:  "Enter Marx Finstone" 

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