I recently saw this on Twitter and had to share this great video – By the W A Shaeffer Pen Company and Produced by the Jam Handy Organization (Just love that name)
This is a Western Electric Company Print Copyright MCMXLVII (1947)
This video starts out with a little girl attempting to communicate with her crayons – Drawing the start of communicaton – it then goes on to shows the progression of the alphabet from the early Egyptian times to the modern alphabet.
The video then goes on to show the progression of the pen from early reed pen to the “Modern” fountain pen.
What I really liked was they show old style pens – eyedropper pen – different ways of taking ink with you, The full progression of fountain pens. Make sure to visit your local dealer to match the pen to your handwriting style. (Still good advice) Fine , Medium or broad tips.
I also liked that they showed how the pens are to be filled.
Here it is – The Twenty Six Old Characters. (Internet Archive)