I'm told this is the biggest pencil in Virginia. My guess is this is the biggest pencil in the United States.
The pencil was made in the 1950's for Wytheville Office Supply store and as a counterpoint for a three-dimensional paint can that used to hang as signage outside a long-gone paint store. The original owner of the store wanted an eye-catching advertising gimmick to bring in customers when Main Street (which is US Highway 21) was the main route for travelers traveling from the northeastern states down to Florida.
The office supply store has moved several times since the 1950's and the pencil has always made the move with it. I wonder how many kids today are familiar with the No. 2 yellow pencil? They've stopped teaching cursive writing in schools and start keyboarding as young as kindergarten now. Outside of test papers where you have to fill in the correct oval, who uses pencils?