Historical information

These two pencils have been marked with names to serve as advertising items and souvenirs. One is from Zanos’ Elite Café of 80 Liebig Street. This café operated in the 1950s and 60s. The other is from the Jaycee 20th Victorian Zone Conference of 1965 held in Warrnambool. The Warrnambool Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) was established in the early 1950s to advance business and encourage civic leadership in its members. The Briquette Company was a sponsor of the 1965 Conference.


These pencils are of minor interest as examples of advertising techniques used in the second half of the 20th century. Today the souvenir item is more likely to be in the form of a biro or a computer accessory

Physical description

These are two circular lead pencils, one advertising Zanos’ Elite Café, which is unsharpened and silver in colour and one advertising the Jaycee 20th Victorian Zone Conference of 1965 and Briquettes which is of white and red colouring.

Inscriptions & markings

1. ‘Zanos’ Elite Café, 80 Liebig Street, Warrnambool, Phone 2236’
2. ‘ Jaycee 20th Victorian Zone Conference, Warrnambool, 1965, Bernie Briquette says- Enjoy the Friendly Warmth of Briquettes’