The first pencil was created in 1560. It looked like this:

We’ve obviously come a long way with our pencils, haven’t we!

Erasers were invented in 1839, but it wasn’t until 1858 that someone figured out how to attach it to the top of a pencil.

So what did people use to wipe out pencil marks before erasers were invented?

Well, they didn’t have to look far! They used a common item found in most kitchens.

Back in the day, artists, scientists, government officials, and anyone else prone to making mistakes would wad up a small piece of bread and moisten it ever so slightly. The resulting ball of dough erased pencil marks on paper almost as well as the pink creations found on the end of No. 2 pencils today.

Seems like a lot of trouble to have to moisten a slice of bread and use it to erase what we’ve done wrong. And it doesn’t seem very stable, does it? The bread crumbles, a mess is made, and now the paper you’ve written on is wet.

Today, using the little pink eraser still sometimes leaves a faint reminder of what we’ve written.

I’m so grateful for the stable, permanent, never-failing erasing method God uses!

When He erases our sins,
they’re GONE.
No trace left.
No smudge marks.
No mess.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

You are loved!