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Current total : 2,900+

Years Collecting: 27

I was on a field trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore (my home town) when I was in junior high. For the trip, my mom had given me a few dollars to spend and requested that I give her back any money that I didn't spend. At the end of the day, our group had the opportunity to visit the gift shop and of course, they had a nice selection of novelty erasers with an aquatic theme. When I couldn't choose which eraser I wanted to purchase, I heard the echo of mom's voice saying "just give me back what you don't use". So I decided to buy one of each eraser they had. At that point, it was official. Not only was I greedy, but I was also an eraser collector!

Though many of these erasers have come from local stores like Wal Mart, many have come from as far away as Japan, Germany, and Vatican City. I have been fortunate enough to meet 4 other serious eraser collectors from Australia, Germany, England, and Virginia. Their collections are very impressive. In fact, 1/3 of the erasers in these collections would not be found in mine. Ah... so the search must go on.

If you are looking for really intricate and detailed erasers, the Japanese ones are amazing. One place that I have found to be an excellent source for Japanese erasers is www.Itasho.com. They have a great selection of Japanese erasers that are inexpensive and their shipping charges are reasonable too.

Another excellent source for erasers is the Raymond Geddes company.

In August of 2001, my collection was featured in a local newspaper, The Aegis. Unfortunately, they sent their part-time clerk to do this article. Since the article is so heavily riddled with inaccuracies, I have re-written the page with the correct information. To read this corrected (and readable) version, click here.

Unfortunately, the Guinness World Record's are ignoring me. I sent them all of the paperwork, a video tape, photo's, notarized letters, a newspaper article and every other piece of data they required. Several months after I sent the package of information to them, they had not replied. When I contacted them, they said they never recieved the package. However, I had the package sent by certified mail (I have a reciept with their signature as having received it.) When I scanned in the reciept and sent it to them, they never replied again. I have emailed them 8 to 10 times and they just wont reply.I guess they lost it and now they don't want to take any responsibility.

The pictures below are the eraser displays (made from walnut and maple).
Each display is 6' wide, 4' tall, and 3.5" deep.

 


The Aegis newspaper sucks!

Eraser Maintenance Tip: To prevent the erasers from hardening, I soak them in warm water mixed with dish washing detergent (once a year). Then I towel dry them and soak them in Armor-All and towel dry them again. This product is normally used to keep tires and dashboards from dry rotting in the sun but it's excellent for erasers too!

Want Some Erasers?
If you live in the USA, I'll send you 20 random erasers from my collection of extras for $14. This includes free shipping via 1st Class Mail.

Interested? Shoot me an email.

 


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