What kind of markers did I have when I was kid?
December 9, 2007 10:33 PM   Subscribe

My first memory is fighting with my twin brother over a set of markers. I'm trying to figure out what kind of markers they were, and I'm going crazy! They were about four inches long and flat-- the cross section would be about 1 inch by 1/2 inch. The bodies were mostly black. They were in a set of two or three tiers, somewhere around 20 colors.

I had always thought they were Chartpaks, but a google search turns up only their long, round Ad Markers. I remember using them in 1988, but they could have been bought anywhere from 1983 to 1988.
posted by scose to Media & Arts (9 answers total)
faber castells?
posted by twistofrhyme at 10:37 PM on December 9, 2007

I'm not the OP, but I remember playing with these! It's funny how memory-inducing a picture can be.
posted by suedehead at 2:34 AM on December 10, 2007

Response by poster: the Faber Castell is the right shape, but I'm pretty sure that's not it... Somehow I remember a larger sans-serif font. I'm going to ask my mom if she remembers tomorrow, but somehow I doubt it.
posted by scose at 3:01 AM on December 10, 2007

Can you draw us a picture?
posted by cashman at 5:31 AM on December 10, 2007

Were they markers, or highlighters? On the chance they're highlighters, there are eleventeen gazillion flat highlighters with black bodies ;) A few (first three with sans-serif fonts): link link link link.
posted by iconomy at 6:44 AM on December 10, 2007

a prismacolor scale?
posted by chickaboo at 12:41 PM on December 10, 2007

Stabilo Boss?
posted by la petite marie at 6:35 PM on December 10, 2007

faber castell used to have a different font. it was kind of chunky, and each letter was sort of shaped like an inverted pyramid. a little like this but without the stupid creepy drippies.

when i was a kid, faber castells came in two shapes- rounded rectangles like the ones i linked above, and sometimes they were flat and sort of pyramiddy shaped (they flared from the butt end so they were widest where the cap attached, then tapered to the end of the cap), and the marker part was coloured, the cap and font were black.
i was really into faber castells in the mid 80s.
posted by twistofrhyme at 2:52 AM on December 14, 2007

oh my gosh, la petite marie, yes, stabilo boss. it's months later and it's 4 am and i just saw this link and immediately recalled this question. when i said faber-castell above, stabilo boss is what i meant. holy blast from fourth grade!
posted by twistofrhyme at 1:13 AM on June 7, 2008

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