Fountain pens

Three of my characters are fighting in World War II. They often send letters home to their various loved one (FYI: The novel is divided into Books.)  I was rewriting Book II: The War Years for the third time when it occurred to me that my characters had to be writing with fountain pens.  Hurrying to do some research I learned that the first ball point pen was available for public sale in Gimbel’s in 1945, just after the War.  (My  main character happens to work part-time in Gimbel’s)

Thinking about fountain pens brought me back to my grandmother.  She wrote with fountain pens long after the ballpoint became popular. I don’t remember ever seeing her use a ballpoint.  I do recall watching her write long letters to friends and stopping every so often to dip her pen in the ink and blotting every line or so with a piece of cardboard.  It seemed like such an awful lot of trouble to me, but for her it was the only way to write. And now as I remember it seems like such a classy thing to do.  I can’t wait to put a fountain pen in Juliana’s hand.

4 responses to “Fountain pens

  1. I’m not as old as your grandmother Vanda but I learned to write with a fountain pen and blotting paper – but then again I was raised in London in the 1960’s!

  2. entertai

    I’m not as old as your grandmother Vanda but I also learned to write with a fountain pen! I was raised in London in the 1960’s!!!

  3. Very good blog, thanks for sharing!

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