How many of the Loungers have considered using a period correct writing instrument. Of course a #2 pencil is pretty correct for a large part of the last century, but the average household did use a pen of some type. Pen & pencil sets were given as gifts and an execuative often had an impressive desk set for use. Fountain pens were purchased by schools , businesses and government agencies alike. Dip pens continued in use for quite a while and you will often see a dip pen used for hotel registry in older movies.