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Name American Lead Pencil Company
Details Established 1860. Incorporated 1885. Manufacturer of Venus brand pencils and related products. Also known as American Pencil Company. It changed its name to Venus Pen & Pencil Corporation in 1956.

Factory was mainly located on the southern two thirds of the block bounded by Fifth Street on the south, Willow Avenue to the east and Clinton Street to the west. It also had buildings nearby. Advertisements seen in 1930 stated an address as: Venus Building, Hoboken, N.J.

The company's main manufacturing left Hoboken circa 1961-1962. The main factory site was demolished in 1963 for the residential apartment development known as Church Towers. Building on the site was Building three of the three Church Towers.

There was continuing operation of two smaller divisions in Hoboken: Pencil Specialty Co. and Pencil Craft Sales Co., both sharing the same address, 1034 Clinton, and telephone number through the 1960s and at least until 1969.

Number of Archive records 28.0
Number of Object records 5.0
Number of Library records 0.0
Number of Photo records 7.0

Associated Records

Image of Book, Instructional: Sketching with Venus Pencils. Published by American Lead Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J., copyright 1930. - Book, Instruction

Book, Instructional: Sketching with Venus Pencils. Published by American Lead Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J., copyright 1930. - Book, Instruction

Book, Instructional: Sketching with Venus Pencils. Published by American Lead Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J., copyright 1930. Softcover, 24 pp. plus covers, illustrated. Previous owner's name, A. A. Lang, in calligraphy at top of front cover. Two enclosures laid-in: linoleum prints by A. A. Lang, 6-1/8" high x 7-7/8" wide. Both have pencil notation on the reverse identifiying them as "Linoleum Print by A.A. Lang." Enclosure 1 is a 1952 Christmas print; 2 is a small boat on water with two people.

Image of Article: "Hoboken: Portrait of a Sick City" in newspaper, PM, vol 1, no. 40, New York, Monday, August 12, 1940. - Newspaper

Article: "Hoboken: Portrait of a Sick City" in newspaper, PM, vol 1, no. 40, New York, Monday, August 12, 1940. - Newspaper

Article: "Hoboken: Portrait of a Sick City" in newspaper, PM, vol 1, no. 40, New York, Monday, August 12, 1940. Photo and article mentioned on cover; article covers full pages from 12 to 19 (the newspaper did not accept advertising.) Article written by James A. Wechsler and illustrated with photographs taken by staff photographer Margaret Bourke-White except for an aerial and two file photos. It is also available on one DVD-R disk in TIFF format. Topics included: Mayor Bernard N. McFeely; Hoboken government including corruption and intimidation; 1939 election and Fusion ticket; welfare and relief; public health; condition of housing; aerial photo of Hoboken by Fairchild Aerial Survey,

Image of Invoice billhead of American Lead Pencil Company, August 18, 1894. - Invoice

Invoice billhead of American Lead Pencil Company, August 18, 1894. - Invoice

Invoice billhead of American Lead Pencil Company, August 18, 1894. 8-9/16" wide x 9-1/8" high. Reverse is blank. Note the top: Factory and Pencil Lead Works, Hoboken, N.J. Also note: Established 1860, Incorporated 1885.

Image of Book, instructional: Sketching with Venus Pencils. Published by American Lead Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J., copyright 1930. - Book, Instruction

Book, instructional: Sketching with Venus Pencils. Published by American Lead Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J., copyright 1930. - Book, Instruction

Instructional book: Sketching with Venus Pencils. Published by American Lead Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J., copyright 1930. Softcover, 24 pp. plus covers; illustrated.

Image of American Lead Pencil Company, Hoboken as described on page 80 of Hudson County Today, 1915. - Documents

American Lead Pencil Company, Hoboken as described on page 80 of Hudson County Today, 1915. - Documents

American Lead Pencil Company, Hoboken as described on page 80 of Hudson County Today, 1915. Photocopy of page. No other source information available. Notes that it was established in 1860, grown to 21 buildings, employs 2000 people and major brand is Venus pencils. Drawing is bird's-eye view of the company's buildings.

Image of Letter to Palmer Campbell of Hoboken on American Lead Pencil Co. letterhead from company official, Hoboken, Oct. 28, 1918. - Documents

Letter to Palmer Campbell of Hoboken on American Lead Pencil Co. letterhead from company official, Hoboken, Oct. 28, 1918. - Documents

Letter to Palmer Campbell of Hoboken on American Lead Pencil Company letterhead from a company official (signature not legible), Hoboken, October 28, 1918. Photocopy of letter. In a reply to a letter of the 25th from Campbell, the write sending his regrets he cannot attend a Committee on War [World War One] Work meeting due the the "enormous amount of our people being sick at the present time in nearly every department. We have over three hundred employees sick at the present time." The illness referred to was probably the Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918.

Image of Envelope addressed to American Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J., U.S.A. from Koln, Germany, no date, ca. 1900-1916. - Envelope

Envelope addressed to American Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J., U.S.A. from Koln, Germany, no date, ca. 1900-1916. - Envelope

Envelope addressed to American Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J., U.S.A. from company in Koln, Germany, no date, ca. 1900-1916. Reverse is blank. Envelope is empty.. Of interest for the lack of a street address, but the item was delivered to American Lead Pencil Company. Date is approximate from the stamp; cancellation date not legible.

Image of Five newsclippings about the American Lead Pencil Company operations and site, Hoboken, 1952-1963. - Documents

Five newsclippings about the American Lead Pencil Company operations and site, Hoboken, 1952-1963. - Documents

Five newsclippings about the American Lead Pencil Company operations and site, Hoboken, 1952-1963. One in facsimile. Dates and sources in ink on most items. 1. Hoboken Firm May Move to Tennessee. September 13, 1952. Newspaper not cited. Re $50,000 weekly payroll and possible move because of costs: antiquated buildings, taxes and old machinery. Mentions that Local 77, Textile Workers of America, CIO represents 600-700 workers at the plant and had received notification of the proposed shift. 2. Hunt New Home for Hoboken Pencil Company. Hudson Dispatch, May 26, 1960. The article relates discussion of relocating the offices to another part of Hoboken such as the northwest section. The old m

Image of Advertisement for Venus Drawing Pencils, American Pencil Company, Hoboken. Published in Pencil Points, November 1936 - Documents

Advertisement for Venus Drawing Pencils, American Pencil Company, Hoboken. Published in Pencil Points, November 1936 - Documents

Full page black-and-white advertisement for Venus Drawing Pencils, American [Lead] Pencil Company, Hoboken. Published in Pencil Points, November 1936, page 51. Single page torn from magazine.

Image of Advertisement for Venus Pencils, American Pencil Company, Hoboken. No date, copyright is "1934, A.L.P.CO." - Documents

Advertisement for Venus Pencils, American Pencil Company, Hoboken. No date, copyright is "1934, A.L.P.CO." - Documents

Clipped black-and-white advertisement for Venus Pencils, American [Lead] Pencil Company, Hoboken. No date, copyright is "1934, A.L.P.CO." Source publication not given. Price is noted as 10 cents for the drawing pencil and the Venus-Velvet (color) for 5 cents.

Image of Catalogue, American Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J. N.d.; circa 1936-1937; date stamped June 1937. - Catalog

Catalogue, American Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J. N.d.; circa 1936-1937; date stamped June 1937. - Catalog

Catalogue, American Pencil Company, Hoboken, N.J. No date, circa 1936-1937; received date stamp on back cover, June 15, 1937, David Kahn, Inc. Softcover, 8-3/8" wide x 10-5/8" high, 52 pp. plus covers. Cover is color lithograph; rest of catalog is printed in black-and-white. This was a wholesale catalog with prices as listed intended for dealers. The company was better known as the American Lead Pencil Company as seen in the facsimile letterhead on page 18. It had a manufacturing complex on the north side of Fifth Street in Hoboken between Willow Avenue and Clinton Street. "Venus" was the major brand name used by the company, but they had several other brands as seen on page 2, Alphabe

Image of Letterhead: American Lead Pencil Co., Executive Offices, Hoboken, N.J., Oct., 1928. - Letter

Letterhead: American Lead Pencil Co., Executive Offices, Hoboken, N.J., Oct., 1928. - Letter

Letterhead: American Lead Pencil Co., Executive Offices, Hoboken, N.J.; typed letter to customer, Oct. 23, 1928 responding to a customer inquiry. Single leaf, 8-3/8" x 10-3/4" high. The back has a printed advertisement for selected products, copyrighted 1927. The letter was to a Mr. W. H. Humphries and is not signed, but initialed in red pencil. Use of a pencil, often colored, in correspondence was a company practice. The address of 220 Fifth Avenue, New York is overprinted in red lines and imprinted to the right of it in red is "Executive Offices, Hoboken, N.J." The company had its principal factory in Hoboken and was located in a complex of buildings at Fifth Street and Willow

Image of Research Report 2, Parts 1 & 2: Selected Hoboken, N.J. Companies & National Labor Relations Board. (1935-1946). 2011. - Report

Research Report 2, Parts 1 & 2: Selected Hoboken, N.J. Companies & National Labor Relations Board. (1935-1946). 2011. - Report

Research Report 2. Selected Hoboken, New Jersey Companies and National Labor Relations Board. Report and Attachments. Parts 1 and 2. January 7, 2011. Prepared for Holly Metz [Hoboken, N.J.] by Peggy Ann Brown, Ph.D., Alexandria, VA. Three folders. Research at the National Archives was regarding contracts, a strike and fact finding and/or actions by the NLRB primarily focusing on 1935-1946 (1945 not covered.) Full text of the report is below and in notes. Report: cover sheet plus forty-four typed pages. PDF of the report is on file. Report is for both parts 1 and 2, part 2 being only attachments (photocopies) which are listed and summarized in the report. Attachments are legal size ph

Image of Ad: Venus Pencils, 17 Shades of Black. American Pencil Co., Venus Building, Hoboken, N.J.; Sat. Evening Post, March 29, 1930. - Ad, Magazine

Ad: Venus Pencils, 17 Shades of Black. American Pencil Co., Venus Building, Hoboken, N.J.; Sat. Evening Post, March 29, 1930. - Ad, Magazine

Advertisement: Venus Pencils, 17 Shades of Black. American Pencil Co., Venus Building, Hoboken, N.J. Full-page color magazine ad as published in The Saturday Evening Post, March 29, 1930, page 110. Single leaf as removed from publication, 10-1/4" x 13-5/8" high. While the ad was promoting a ten cent (10¢) pencil, there is a boxed promotion at lower right for the Velvet Pencil which was five cents. Note the company is using the name here of American Pencil rather than the fuller name - American Lead Pencil.

Image of Ad: Venus 10¢ Pencils. American Pencil Co., Venus Building, Hoboken, N.J.; Sat. Evening Post, June 21, 1930. - Ad, Magazine

Ad: Venus 10¢ Pencils. American Pencil Co., Venus Building, Hoboken, N.J.; Sat. Evening Post, June 21, 1930. - Ad, Magazine

Advertisement:: Venus 10 cent Pencils; My choice is.... American Pencil Co., Venus Building, Hoboken, N.J. Full-page color magazine ad as published in The Saturday Evening Post, June 21, 1930, page 90. Single leaf as removed from publication, 10-1/4" x 13-5/8" high. While the ad was promoting a ten cent pencil, there is a boxed promotion at center bottom for the Velvet Pencil which was five cents. Note the company is using the name here of American Pencil rather than the fuller name - American Lead Pencil.

Image of Ad: Venus Pencils, A Venus fairly flows over the paper. American Pencil Co., Venus Building, Hoboken; Sat. Evening Post, Aug. 16, 1930. - Ad, Magazine

Ad: Venus Pencils, A Venus fairly flows over the paper. American Pencil Co., Venus Building, Hoboken; Sat. Evening Post, Aug. 16, 1930. - Ad, Magazine

Advertisement: Venus Pencils, A Venus fairly flows over the paper. American Pencil Co., Venus Building, Hoboken, N.J. Full-page color magazine ad as published in The Saturday Evening Post, August 16, 1930, page 91. Single leaf as removed from publication, 10-1/4" x 13-5/8" high. While the ad was promoting a ten cent (10¢) pencil, there is a boxed promotion at lower right for the Velvet Pencil which was five cents. Note the company is using the name here of American Pencil rather than the fuller name - American Lead Pencil.

Image of Ad, magazine: Venus Pencils; Here's a happy thought for worried Christmas Shoppers... American Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J., n.d., ca. fall 1929. - Ad, Magazine

Ad, magazine: Venus Pencils; Here's a happy thought for worried Christmas Shoppers... American Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J., n.d., ca. fall 1929. - Ad, Magazine

Advertisement: Here's a happy thought for worried Christmas Shoppers... Venus Pencils. American Pencil Co., 300 Venus Building, Hoboken, N.J. No date, circa fall 1929. Full page color ad published in unstated magazine, no issue or volume number available. Leaf as removed from publication, 6-3/8" wide x 9-3/8" high. Ad for Unique Thin-Lead Colored Pencils; $1.00 per dozen, Assortment No. 1116, box of 12; or $2.00, Assortment No. 1117, box of 24; also sold separately in the choice of the 24 colors at 10 cents each. While the product was made in Hoboken, the box depicted in the ad, Assortment No. 1116, carried the address as London and New York. American Pencil Co. was the American Lead Pe

Image of Ad, magazine: Venus Drawing Pencils. (Instructional scenic illustration by Ted Kautzky.) American Pencil Co., 506 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, N.J.  - Ad, Magazine

Ad, magazine: Venus Drawing Pencils. (Instructional scenic illustration by Ted Kautzky.) American Pencil Co., 506 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, N.J. - Ad, Magazine

Advertisement: Venus Drawing Pencils. (Instructional scenic illustration by Ted Kautzky.) American Pencil Co., 506 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, N.J. Full-page black-and-white magazine ad as published in American Artist, April 1941, page 27. Single leaf as removed from publication, 9" x 11-3/4" high. Note the company is using the name here of American Pencil rather than the fuller name - American Lead Pencil.

Image of Ads, magazine: Venus Pencils; "The American Drawing Pencil." American Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J. N.d., ca. 1942. - Ad, Magazine

Ads, magazine: Venus Pencils; "The American Drawing Pencil." American Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J. N.d., ca. 1942. - Ad, Magazine

Magazine advertisement for Venus Pencils; "The American Drawing Pencil." American Pencil Co., Hoboken, N.J. No date, circa 1942. Black-and-white half-page ad from unknown publication, page 302. Donor's source stated 1942 as the year and articles seen on the reverse refer to World War II military production. Clipped leaf, 5" wide x 11-1/2" high. The ad was an offer for two free pencils selected from the 17 degrees of hardness depicted in the ad. Venus pencils was a brand-name product made by the American Lead Pencil Company, but here it was using the name, American Pencil Company. Address for this ad is stated as 500 Willow Ave., but other times it was given as 508 Willow Ave. (and s

Image of Envelope: American Lead Pencil Co., Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.A. Postmarked Hoboken, April 25, 1936.  - Envelope

Envelope: American Lead Pencil Co., Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.A. Postmarked Hoboken, April 25, 1936. - Envelope

Envelope: American Lead Pencil Co., Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.A. Postmarked (postage meter) Hoboken, April 25, 1936. Business size envelope, 4-1/8" high x 9-1/2" wide. Reverse unprinted. Original contents not present. The company emblem (insignia or logo) imprinted in blue and red. Besides the bold company name and location, text in this logo includes: Venus Pencils Velvet Pencils Factory and Lead Works Hoboken N.J. It also carries the Latin motto: Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat. This is roughly translated as “Let him who has earned it bear the reward." Among the other numerous translations of this motto: -The palm belongs to him who deserves it (from Lord Nelson's funeral car.) -L