Celebrating National Rubber Eraser Day

Does this have anything to do with the tradition of tax deadline day?

I recently read that today is the day we celebrate the rubber eraser that appears on the top of the number 2 pencil. And larger rubber erasers too, I presume?

Here are a few fun facts about this day much appreciated by writers before the era of word processing technology.

  • On April 15, 1770, Joseph Priestly used pieces of vegetable gum imported from Brazil to remove pencil marks. He dubbed the substance “rubber”.

Cool – I didn’t know that’s how rubber got its name – but it makes sense.

  • In 1770 Edward Nairne developed the first marketable rubber eraser.
  • In 1858 – Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil with an eraser at the end.

There’s a day for everything – some for reasons quite puzzling. But the eraser has received accolades from every writer from first grade student to Pulitzer Prize winner – because we all make mistakes – but each of us deserves a second chance!

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