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Old 19 May 2008, 12:04 AM
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Comment: Staedtler pencils are black and red because they were big
sponsors on the National Socialist (Nazi) Party in Germany in the 1930s
(the Nazi's colours being red and black).

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Old 19 May 2008, 04:34 AM
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I've always seen Staedtler pencils as blue and black not Red and black...

so I'm not sure if the connection is there for the reasons stated...
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I've always seen Staedtler pencils as blue and black not Red and black...

so I'm not sure if the connection is there for the reasons stated...
The colour blue for the Mars Lumograph pencil was introduced in 1901 according to the STAEDTLER website.

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Old 19 May 2008, 04:59 AM
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The red and black pencil is the Staedtler 'tradition'. I haven't been able to locate when that variety was developed.

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That seems reasonable. Considering the average European or North American's opinion of Nazis, I would think the company would have changed the colors at some point if they had actually been inspired by Nazis.
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Actually, the Nazi colors would be red, black and white. The black hakenkreuz--aka, swastika--was on a white circle layered on a red background.
Also, it should be noted that the Imperial German flag was a black-white-red horizontal tricolor. And that flag was simply a continuation from the North German Confederation flag.

There have been other flags using red and black with NO connection to Nazism: The Haitian flag under the Duvalier regimes was a simple black-red vertical bicolor; the Albanian flag (red field, black two-headed eagle); most Arab flags (Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Syria, UAE, Yemen--all of which also include white; most also feature either green or a design or both); Papua-New Guinea (which also includes the Southern Cross on the black and a bird-of-paradise on the red). It's also worth noting that the modern German flag also incorporates red and black in the current design. There are only two differences between the modern and Imperial flags: first, the modern flag has a yellow/gold stripe while the Imperial had a white; and, second, the order of the stripes (the Imperial flag was black, white, red; the modern is black, red, yellow/gold).
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Comment: Is it true that Fat Mo's restaurants are owned by the mafia or a
gang? I heard that "Fat M" is short for Father Mohammed.
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Comment: Is it true that Fat Mo's restaurants are owned by the mafia or a
gang? I heard that "Fat M" is short for Father Mohammed.
So it's a Roman Catholic Muslim Mafia gang?
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