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Celebrate National Rubber Eraser Day everyday

Updated on April 13, 2014

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!

  • Photo credits: 1) All images courtesy of Amazon and are sourced to Amazon product via a live link to product page unless otherwise noted. 2) Smiley Face erasers via Amazon

Best Selling - Pink Rubber Eraser

Best Selling - Pink Rubber Eraser
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?

Fun Smiley Face Erasers

Fun Express Large Smile Face Erasers (4 Dozen)
Fun Express Large Smile Face Erasers (4 Dozen)

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.

Caption: He owns the only eraser in the class!
Caption: He owns the only eraser in the class!

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

Fun Rubber Eraser Caps
Fun Rubber Eraser Caps

Classic Kneaded Eraser

Classic Kneaded Eraser
Classic Kneaded Eraser

How to celebrate National Rubber Eraser Day

  1. Visit your favorite office supply store.
  2. Start an eraser collection.
  3. Go on an impromptu eraser hunt in your home and see how many erasers you have.
  4. Create a special place or decorate a box to hold all your erasers.
  5. Buy a funky pen with a crazy eraser on top.
  6. Create a quick sketch using a kneaded eraser as one of the tools.
  7. Make a stamp from a gum eraser.
  8. Create a sculpture made up of erasers.
  9. Use erasers instead of Lego blocks to build an item for your desk.
  10. Create your own pencil eraser using Pliatex Mold Rubber.
  11. Gather up all your old pencil erasers and recondition them.
  12. Buy or make a new pencil holder to display your favorite pencil eraser tops.
  13. Buy a work of art featuring an eraser such as a poster or wall decal.

Rubber Ducky Eraser

Rubber Ducky Eraser
Rubber Ducky Eraser

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Scented Dessert Erasers

Scented Dessert Erasers
Scented Dessert Erasers
rubber eraser and pencils
rubber eraser and pencils

Who Celebrates National Eraser Day?

  1. School children
  2. Librarians
  3. Stationary lovers
  4. Office supply geeks
  5. Writers
  6. Artists
  7. Bookkeepers and Accountant
  8. Collectors
  9. Everyone else!

Oh, the mighty eraser

Let me count the ways

Faber Castell Faber-Castell Perfection Eraser Pencil with Brush
Faber Castell Faber-Castell Perfection Eraser Pencil with Brush

I'm a fan of any Faber-Castell product and this one ranks right up there.

General Pencil GEN-140E-BP Jumbo Grey Kneaded Eraser Multicolor
General Pencil GEN-140E-BP Jumbo Grey Kneaded Eraser Multicolor

Ah, the gentle eraser. I've bought quite a few of these over the years. Big help with drawing and sketching.

Geddes Scented Donut Shoppe Eraser Assortment - Set of 36
Geddes Scented Donut Shoppe Eraser Assortment - Set of 36

Well, you won't gain any calories if you have this donut waiting for you in the morning. Fun gift, too.

Paper Mate Arrowhead Pink Pearl Cap Erasers, 144 Count
Paper Mate Arrowhead Pink Pearl Cap Erasers, 144 Count

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.

Rubber Funny Face Pencil Top Erasers (12 dz)
Rubber Funny Face Pencil Top Erasers (12 dz)

These are fun and if you have them on your pencils at the office, they'll keep you smiling and humble.

Fun Express Large Smile Face Erasers (4 Dozen)
Fun Express Large Smile Face Erasers (4 Dozen)

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.

Geddes Rock On Eraser Assortment - Set of 24
Geddes Rock On Eraser Assortment - Set of 24

Very cool eraser and great for teens and the musically incliined.


Eraser Art

Posters and wall decals

(22x34) Japanese Erasers Collage Art Print Poster
(22x34) Japanese Erasers Collage Art Print Poster

Another fun gift idea and great for a collector, a child, or even a teen.


Eraser Collections

Collectors the world over celebrate.

Video - Eraser Collection

Iwako Japanese Pencil Top Erasers, 18 Piece
Iwako Japanese Pencil Top Erasers, 18 Piece

These are so cute and so fun. Great gift idea, too.

Iwako Japanese Puzzle Take Apart Erasers Zoo Animals Set of 7
Iwako Japanese Puzzle Take Apart Erasers Zoo Animals Set of 7

These are so cute, adorable, and you can play with them. I guess that ranks them among the top when it comes to erasers.

Iwako Japanese Eraser - Sea Life
Iwako Japanese Eraser - Sea Life

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.

6pcs Japanese Iwako Erasers-Lucky Cat (Welcome Cat)
6pcs Japanese Iwako Erasers-Lucky Cat (Welcome Cat)

Cats are big favorites in Japan and these are Lucky cat erasers are just adorable.

Japanese Iwako Eraser Set - Koala Bear (six colors)
Japanese Iwako Eraser Set - Koala Bear (six colors)

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

Are you an office supply geek? Love pens, pencils, and erasers? - What did you think about this page?

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    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love erasers, pencils, pens, well all stationery really.

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      6 years ago

      Oh gosh, I am paring down my office supplies in my home office -- yes, lots of pens, pencils AND erasers! Been donating them to the Goodwill. Thankfully, I can celebrate Rubber Eraser Day with no erasers and money already in the bank. TurboTax has erased my need for erasers!

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      6 years ago

      I guess we can remember the date as tax day and have something to celebrate after using up our erasers on those forms! A belated congratulations for being one of the Best of Squidoo Silly Celebrations in April!

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      6 years ago from Australia

      The Japanese erasers are too cute! Congratulations on being included in the Best of Squidoo April celebration lenses. Blessings.

    • Morgannafay profile image


      6 years ago

      I used to collect cute little erasers when I was a kid! You made me want to start a brand new collection of, "erasers that I don't use" lol, I have plenty of dirty, pointy and erasers with rounded corners.

      This is also the first time I heard about the rubber eraser day, I'll be sure to celebrated it every year :D

    • rob-hemphill profile image

      Rob Hemphill 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      Yes, the good 'ol eraser, couldn't have done without it. As a child attempting to draw something, and always making mistakes, meant that rubber always came to the rescue. The task of erasing errors used to create so much debris on the page, what I remember most is seeing a bunch of kids in class constantly wiping the bits off their pages.

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      Jules Corriere 

      6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      As I was reading your lens and taking the polls, I was wondering how much longer this holiday will last. My kids grew up on computers, and use the delete button more than an eraser. I wonder what their kids will grow up doing? Something to think about. But for now, pass me the pink eraser! Congratulations for being in the Best of Squidoo Silly Celebrations in April. Blessed.

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      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Ha - never knew about this 'celebration'. Fun to have an Eraser Day! My 10-year-old grandson became fascinated with the Japanese Take-apart puzzle erasers about two years ago and I've been adding to his collection ever since (Christmas, birthdays, any special day just for fun). If I'd realized April 15th was National Eraser Day I would have sent him more Japanese erasers to celebrate. Maybe I will anyway -- at 10 he won't care if we missed the day. :)

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      6 years ago

      So much more info about erasers than I ever knew existed! Thanks for increasing my eraser frame of reference!

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      6 years ago

      I don't know what I would do without an eraser, I am glad that there are some really cute ones to choose from.

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      6 years ago

      i love office supplies...nice lens :)

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      Indigo Janson 

      6 years ago from UK

      When I was at school every self-respecting kid had an eraser collection. Of course, they had to be colorful, shaped and scented if you wanted to impress your friends.

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      Addy Bell 

      7 years ago

      I am indeed grateful for erasers!

    • Vikk Simmons profile imageAUTHOR

      'Vikk Simmons 

      7 years ago from Houston

      So glad everyone finds this to be a fun page about the holiday. Thanks! And thanks for stopping by, participating, and commenting. It's really appreciated.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      7 years ago from California

      Weird but fun holiday the way your wrote this, but shouldn't it be the day before so I could actually use the erasers for my taxes :)

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      7 years ago

      Those geddes guitar erasers are pretty neat. And the koala erasers. And the kitty erasers. Cute. Thanks!

    • Elyn MacInnis profile image

      Elyn MacInnis 

      7 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Fun - I like Japanese erasers. Nice design. Fun lens!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      7 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      You nailed it. I didn't think erasers could be so fun.


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