Here’s another specimen from my collection of offbeat museums of the world. This one from Merry Olde England, where pencils were invented.
To learn more about the Pencil Museum, read the reverse side of the postcard:
We are in York right now and loving all the historic stuff about this city. For two nights we were in Keswick in the Lake District which is very beautiful and has stunning scenery. While in Keswick we visited the Pencil Museum and I thought you should add this to your list of quirky but interesting museums. Most fun fact – During World War II at the Keswick Pencil Factory (which still operates!) hollow pencils were made to hide espionage maps in thin paper. We are heading to Edinburgh on Saturday for a week in Scotland.”
I love the wartime intrigue involving pencils. Where else would you learn their role in espionage except by visiting such museums? Although, it is sad to note that the postcard was written in ink (as almost all of them are nowadays) so I hope there still is a future for pencils and pencil museums!