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!
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.
pictures below are the eraser displays (made from walnut and maple).
Each display is 6' wide, 4' tall, and 3.5" deep.
he Aegis newspaper sucks!
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 seems to be excellent for erasers too!