Thursday, February 14, 2019

A pencil box, not Lassie

[From Lassie Come Home (dir. Fred M. Wilcox, 1943). Click for a larger view.]

Father (Donald Crisp) and Mother (Elsa Lanchester) marvel at the birthday gift they’ve bought for young Joe (Roddy McDowall). “It’s wonderful, the things they have nowadays,” says Father. “There were no pencils when I were a lad. We had only slates.”

Joe is disappointed when he learns that the surprise in store for him is not Lassie. No, she’s not returned. But he puts on a brave face, thanking his parents for a gift he pronounces “champion.”

That looks like an Eberhard Faber Union eraser, doesn’t it? White side, pencil; grey side, ink.

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