Robert Briere first remembers seeing the sign as a teenager in Sturbridge in the 1940s. Eight feet tall, it bore witness in bold capital letters to TANTIUSQUES, a local graphite deposit “valued by Indians for face paint, and by the white men for pencils.”
History, preserved in sturdy cast iron
Eighty years ago, what did we want to remember about Massachusetts?
By Chris Marstall| October 30, 2011
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