Bak in the good days – even before ball point pens were being widely used. This could actually be as late as the 50s. When I went to school, we first learned to print, using a large pencil and paper with widely spaced lines. Then we graduated to ink and learned to write in cursive. All of us had a place at our desks for our bottle of ink and we had to have two or three ink pens – which you filled by pulling back and forth on a little lever, imbedded in the side of the pen. Ball point pens might have been invented by then -but they were NOT used widely and certainly were forbidden tools for school work. All of your work had to be done with a “real” pen and “real” ink – or the teacher would automatically flunk you!