1950s Era, Sacco and Vanzetti, Colored Pencils from the Soviet Union


These Soviet-era colored pencils were produced by Sacco and Vanzetti (the Soviet company named after the two anarchist individuals in the U.S.S.R. who were convicted of murder and executed). The company was previously known as A. Hammer.

Thank you to Esteban Rivera of https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/su$hammr.html for the following:

A. Hammer began work in Moscow in April 1926, as a private American industrial concession. On February 19, 1930, the factory was taken over by the state and was renamed (the) "Карандаш фабрики им. Сакко и Ванцетти" (English: "Sacco and Vanzetti Pencil Factory" (after. Sacco and Vanzetti, after the Italian immigrant workers whose execution in the U.S. in 1927 for crimes they allegedly did not commit made them martyrs to the socialist cause). Thus, the pencil (company and) brand A. Hammer lasted a little less than four years.

A. Hammer's (named after its founder, Armand Hammer) factory was the only private pencil factory for the whole of the USSR's existence and was a strong competitor to the state pencil factories. Consumers willingly bought pencils and other stationery products of the A. Hammer factory, although it was much more expensive than similar ones at state factories.

*****Condition: Please note there are only 17 pencils, and they have been used, some more than others as evidenced by their length. There are two loose pieces of lead, and the pencils have been sharpened using a knife. (Note the straight lead and the uneven carving of the pencil wood.) Also, the box has wear to the front and back as well as along the edges with writing on the front and reverse. Additionally, there is wear and marking in the interior. The word reads "Ready" in Russian. This may mean the pencils are ready to be used, as in they are sharpened.

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Box measures 7 ½" x 6 ¼".

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