The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies

drafting tools

I can’t imagine how rubber cement—and its attendant erasers and thinners (oh, how I love those cans!)—could ever go out of circulation, and I can prove that I’ve used a type gauge pretty recently (in fact, I’ve been meaning to go buy a new one; and a loupe), but I’m still charmed by Lou Brooks’s The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies.

I ran across my erasing shield from high school drafting a few months ago. I could probably use that when erasing ill-considered proofreading marks. And I’d certainly have a “Pantone Thing” if I could afford one.

How many items exhibited in the museum have you owned?

(Via pica + pixel.)

Photo: Drafting Tools by Generation X-Ray / Paul; some rights reserved.

5 thoughts on “The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies

  1. Hell, if that doesn’t bring back my high school mechanical drawing classes. Only kind of drawing I could ever do. And well. I wonder if my parents still have my drafting set somewhere? I’ll have to call them. I remember how proud I was when I bought it. Looks like I had a number of the pieces in the photo above. Damned if I remember what any of them—aside from “compass”—were called.

  2. We weren’t supposed to use compasses in drafting class, at least during the first term. Our teacher would put our drawings on a light box and look for puncture holes, to make sure we’d drawn the circles by hand. I suck at drawing smooth curves, despite this.

  3. I had that very proportion wheel at my first job. It’s somewhere among my effects here, because I had no need for it at my second one. I did leave behind my type gauge (aka my E gauge) because the model was no longer available and it was considered the most accurate in the department.

    I was very tempted to jack the PANTONE book at my second job upon my layoff.

    One item I don’t see in the museum is the blue nonrepro marker. At the first job, we had to strip in tables and figures typeset or shot on photo paper onto academic-journal pages (until we completed the slow creep into setting tables in Ventura Publisher and scanning art). We used the nonrepro pens to draw guidelines and write printer instructions. By the mid-Nineties, their availability began to dwindle, and I and my fellow production editors at the first job began hoarding them. I appropriated my marker when I headed out of that job.

  4. I think I’ve had a proportion wheel at almost every job—even when I worked at the Academy of American Poets. It just came with the desk. And I’ve never, ever, in my life used one.

    And I did “jack,” as you so charmingly express it, a dogeared, faded Pantone book from the Academy job, after we ordered a new one, on the theory that it was better than nothing. But then somebody jacked it from me—a client, I think.

    I’m sure my mom’s got some tools that should be added to the collection. Gotta find ’em, though.

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