Celebrate National Rubber Eraser Day everyday
April's fun rubber eraser day holiday salutes the humble eraser - Get ready!
You'll smile on April 15th when you celebrate this weird and wacky national holiday called National Eraser Day. Office supply geeks, eraser collectors, artists, writers, librarians, school children, and rubber eraser lovers band together every April 15th to praise this simple product that has done so much for so many.
The birth of the eraser
It's hard not to love the eraser. Since the day Nicolas Conte made the first pencil back in 1795, pencil pushers have owed a debt to the inventor of the rubber eraser. It was a stroke of luck back when Edward Naime, an English engineer, mistook a cube of rubber for the commonly used piece of bread to get rid of unwanted pencil markings and discovered a new property of rubber. Since that day erasers have been the bookkeeper's best friend and the writer's handmaiden.
Erasers are popular the world over
Few people are so perfect that they never have any use for an eraser. They're a handy, simple tool that still earn their keep even in this highly technological world. Read to learn more about the eraser, its holiday, and its celebration. From Japanese erasers to decorative art prints, posters, and cartoons the humble eraser is praised and sought after the world over--and wait until you see the collections.
Go ahead and click on the photos if you find an eraser you just gotta have and have a great National Rubber Eraser Day!
Best Selling - Pink Rubber Eraser
Erasers or Correction Tape?
Everyone seems to have a preference when it comes to correcting mistakes on paper. What's yours?
What is your favorite way to erase?
I prefer to use an eraser.
Fun Smiley Face Erasers
Imagine starting our day at your desk or in school with these fun faces staring at you and ready to go to work. They make National Eraser Day all the more special.
When did National Rubber Eraser Day start?
The origin of National Rubber Eraser Day is shrouded in mystery. Yet it's only natural that an invention so popular and so necessary would be celebrated. There are some records that show the celebration day on the 13th but most declare April 15th to be the day. In America it's only natural to celebrate on the 15th, after all, it's IRS Tax Day. Rubber erasers are popular items leading up to April 15th.
When the rubber eraser replaced bread
The history of the eraser goes all the way back to 1770 when a fellow named Edward Nairne stumbled across the erasing properties of a rubbery property made from tree sap. Imagine his surprise when he found that he could make a pencil mark disappear? It didn't take him long to recognize its value. Soon small, cubed rubbery erasers were being made available and the little dynamos were quickly embraced by shopkeepers, record keepers, and anyone known to make a mistake when using a pencil. It was a much better solution that having to use the bread the way they'd been doing it prior to 1770.
You might think this eraser would have been known by the inventor's name such as the Naime eraser instead of the rubber eraser. Instead, the name rubber came about because of the rubbing action required in order to make the erasures possible.
How Goodyear solved the rubber eraser problem
There was a problem, though, with those first erasers that plagued the users for decades. The erasers had a tendency to rot. They didn't stay all nice and clean like the ones we use today. Rubber rots. It wasn't until 1839 when a curing process was developed by Goodyear that the rotting eraser vanished from use and was replaced by cured rubber. Today erasers are still cured even though they are made of synthetic rubber.
The collaboration between pencils and erasers
If you're wondering when erasers started to show up on the top of pencils, that little bit of invention came about in 1858.
If you celebrated Pencil Day on March 30th, then it's only right and just to celebrate the national celebration day of the rubber eraser on April 15th. Stationary lovers and eraser collectors unite. Gather together to celebrate this small step for mankind.
- Photo credit: Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration as part of a cooperation project. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States Federal Government under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code.
Fun Rubber Eraser Caps
Classic Kneaded Eraser
How to celebrate National Rubber Eraser Day
- Visit your favorite office supply store.
- Start an eraser collection.
- Go on an impromptu eraser hunt in your home and see how many erasers you have.
- Create a special place or decorate a box to hold all your erasers.
- Buy a funky pen with a crazy eraser on top.
- Create a quick sketch using a kneaded eraser as one of the tools.
- Make a stamp from a gum eraser.
- Create a sculpture made up of erasers.
- Use erasers instead of Lego blocks to build an item for your desk.
- Create your own pencil eraser using Pliatex Mold Rubber.
- Gather up all your old pencil erasers and recondition them.
- Buy or make a new pencil holder to display your favorite pencil eraser tops.
- Buy a work of art featuring an eraser such as a poster or wall decal.
Rubber Ducky Eraser
Vote for your favorite type of eraser
Scented Dessert Erasers
Who Celebrates National Eraser Day?
- School children
- Stationary lovers
- Office supply geeks
- Bookkeepers and Accountant
- Everyone else!
Oh, the mighty eraser
Let me count the ways
I'm a fan of any Faber-Castell product and this one ranks right up there.
Ah, the gentle eraser. I've bought quite a few of these over the years. Big help with drawing and sketching.
Well, you won't gain any calories if you have this donut waiting for you in the morning. Fun gift, too.
Boy, did I go through these when I was much younger. They're handy to have around, too. You never know when you might want to get your hands on one.
These are fun and if you have them on your pencils at the office, they'll keep you smiling and humble.
Another fun type of eraser and great office gift for your fellow workers. Sort of a random act of kindness thing to put one on their desk without anyone seeing you. Then you get to watch the reactions.
Very cool eraser and great for teens and the musically incliined.
Posters and wall decals
Another fun gift idea and great for a collector, a child, or even a teen.
Collectors the world over celebrate.
Video - Eraser Collection
These are so cute and so fun. Great gift idea, too.
These are so cute, adorable, and you can play with them. I guess that ranks them among the top when it comes to erasers.
I love that these come themed. If you're a collector, you'll like them, too. If you just want a bit of the sea nearby, get these for your desk.
Cats are big favorites in Japan and these are Lucky cat erasers are just adorable.
I ask you, who doesn't love koala bears? Imagine these sitting on your desk. They'll raise your spirits every time you look at them.
Video - Eraser Collection - 2
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