The Pioneer Village area of the Indiana State Fair is a hotbed of retrotech and, as it turned out, a few vendors thereof as well. I passed up a well-worn set of radio headphones, 1920s or '30s vintage, but these small items caught my attention and had to come home:
show up fairly often.
The pencil saver is a clever gadget dating back to Victorian times, allowing you to use a pencil right down to the stub -- and in the stored position, it keeps the point out of harm's way. This one is a bit newer, 1930s perhaps, with a well-petrified eraser. There's a little drawing of a cave entrance on the label, with the legend, "Souvenir of Mark Twain Cave, Hannibal, Mo." The entrance still looked the same in a 1956 photograph and may not be much changed even today.
The trammel (or "beam compass"), made by Feranco Products (Ferance Construction Co. of Penfield, N.Y.) is a very small example; large trammel points that clamp on a framing square or yardstick are more commonly seen. Neither ZIP nor Zone code on the address and the points proper look to be zamak -- 1930s though 1950s? This one easily scribes circles up to 12 inches in diameter. The previous owner left the lead properly sharpened, too. There's a set of actual scribe points (the other end has a stepped drafting type), extra lead and spare clamp screws along with their G U A R A N T E E. It may have originally contained more beams, which the clamp screws would have held together for making larger circles.
Prices? Including tax, I paid more for lunch (a ribeye sandwich and a glass of pop) than I did for any of it -- $10 total for the three pens, the same for the beam compass, $4 for the pencil saver. This compares rather favorably with asking prices online and these are useful items.