A pencil anniversary


Pencils as anniversary gifts

According to the Chicago Public Library pencils are among the suggested gifts for the 7th wedding anniversary, so I couldn’t resist including a trip to a stationery store on my wife and my 7th anniversary.

The chosen stationery store was Fred Aldous, mentioned  in a previous blog post. It’s an independent stationery store in Manchester with a lots of choice.

Photo BoothPhoto Booth

While we were there we also used their photo booth, an ‘analogue’ Photo-Me booth from 1968. Nice. I loved how the photos were still wet from the processing chemicals when they came out.

Pencil-wise we bought a pack of Field Notes pencils as our anniversary pencils.



Block printing kit

I also got a block printing kit. I’m really looking forward to trying this out. It includes a pencil which looks suspiciously similar to the Field Notes pencil. Since Field Notes pencils are ‘just’ promotional pencils with the Field Notes logo etc printed on (see Erasable episode 28) I was wondering whether both pencils might be from the same factory, but the Fred Aldous pencil’s ferrule is clamped in a very different way, so there’s a good chance it’s from a different factory.

Block printing kit and pencils
Block printing kit and pencils


The Fred Aldous pencil in the block printing kit

9 thoughts on “A pencil anniversary”

  1. Happy Anniversary to you both! I never knew that pencils were the 7th anniversary gift! I might have to do them this year even if it’s not seven. 🙂

  2. Happy anniversary Memm and PingPing!

    (And, am I the only one who thinks Matthias bears a passing resemblance to a young Guillermo del Toro?)

  3. Thank you very much for your kind comments.

    MY wife found out that the 7th anniversary is for pencil gifts 8^) What a nice surprise.

    I had to look up Guillermo del Toro – I know what you mean 8^)

    Sola, Like button – are you using Facebook?

  4. No, I don’t use Facebook but I thought “like” buttons were pretty much universal these days…? I’ve recently taken to pressing it to express quiet approval 🙂

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  6. Congratulations Matthias to you and your wife, and your darling baby (who will never lack for pencils)!

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