10 Unknown Facts about Erasers

Iris | 03 - 01 - 2021

Many of us might have thought that the eraser is one of the modern inventions. But it is not. Spare some minutes to play our exciting eraser quiz and get to know exciting information about erasers’ materials & erasers’ history.  

What Is Eraser?

An eraser is a small piece of material made out of synthetic rubber or vinyl. Eraser is used to remove the errors made by pen and pencil. These erasers have a rubber consistency, and they come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. 

Unknown Facts About Erasers

  1. Before erasers were invented, a tablet of wax was used to remove the mistakes made by lead or charcoal marks in the paper. 
  2. Bread crumbs were also used as erasers. These bread crumbs were used during the Meiji period (1868-1912).
  3. Until 1770, the erasers were recognized as gum elastic. Later, an English engineer Edward Nairne first developed the marketplace for a rubber eraser.
  4. Gum erasers are also known as art gum were first used in the year 1903. These art gums were made up of corn oils.
  5. Kneaded erasers are also known as putty rubbers that pencil artists widely use as they have more rubber consistency. 
    1. Arthur Dremel invented electric erasers in 1932. The speed of rotation while removing the mistake helped to reduce paper damage.
  6. While regular erasers were made out of synthetic materials, pink erasers are made of vinyl. 
  7. The pencil top erasers and the famously known pink erasers are made out of volcanic ash or pulverized pumice stone to add abrasiveness. 
  8. What are erasers made of? The erasers are made up of many different materials, pulverized pumice, synthetic rubber, vinyl, etc.
  9. Erasers normally remove the mistakes made with a pencil, usually, graphite but ink, chalk, and whiteboard pen marks may also be removed with an acceptable eraser.

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What Was Used to Erase Mistakes before Erasers?
  • A. Tablet of Wax
  • B. Bread
  • C. Sand
  • D. None of the Above
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