1972 Presidential Campaign Memorabilia George Wallace for President Wooden Red White & Blue Stanhope Pencil.
Nice & un-sharpened stanhope pencil from the 1972 Presidential Campaign of George Wallace. Wallace was the Governor of Alabama and ran as the democratic party candidate against Nixon in 1972. During the campaign, he was shot in an assassination attempt outside a bank in Laurel Maryland by Arthur Bremer. Some say George Wallace was the last true hero of the Democratic Party and he was especially popular in the US South.
This is a stanhope item we had never seen or heard of before finding these. We purchased a handful of these pencils from an older gentleman in Florida who had worked on the campaign. He said the pencils had been ordered as give away items for folks working in Wallace campaign offices but they did not arrive in time to be distributed. After the assassination attempt and subsequent election loss, the undistributed pencils were of no use so the gentleman took a handful of them home. As he was cleaning out his garage he found them and offered a few of them to us for sale. We were only able to buy a couple of them which we are now reselling.
All of the pencils are in the same condition. They are a white or yellowed white un-sharpened number 2 round pencil with a brass ferrules and pink erasers. They have an image if Mr. Wallace that looks like a dot matrix newspaper print photo that is blue in color. The outside of the pencil bears the words "Wallace For President In 1972" The pencils are all in very nice condition with some scratches or stains or paint scrapes from storage. The erasers are a bit dry but still quite supple overall. The stanhope lens shows a black and white image of George Wallace looking right out at you. The image has a motif of wavy flag stripes and an eagle head. It bears the words "SEND THEM A MESSAGE" "WALLACE in '72".
We consider this to be an uncommon and apparently rare pencil.
NOTE:- A couple of the stanhope lenses in these pencils had deteriorated over the years so we removed those stanhope lenses, disassembled them and restored them to excellent condition again using as many or all of the original parts.
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