|Instant Tea--possibly a result of wartime troop rations technology.|
Drive-ins and burger stands were springing up, here's one photographed in about 1948--McDonald's!
TV was available in its infant form, a 7 inch screen in a big wood cabinet that looked like a radio.
Radio was still the most popular medium for entertainment. NBC's "The Sheaffer Parade," featuring California bandleader and vocalist, Eddy Howard, was on Sundays at 2 PM, sponsored by the Sheaffer Pen Company. They also sponsored a Saturday morning show on CBS radio, "The Adventurer's Club."
Sheaffer pens, both fountain and ball point, with accompanying pencils were heavily advertised on radio and in print, with an emphasis on dependability. Pens were offered with a lifetime warranty, and were marked to indicate this with a white dot. Their matching pencils carried a white dot, too.
This Crest is gold-filled, both have the Sheaffer imprint on the cap and the barrel. They use the thin lead of the time, 0.9 mm, and have erasers under the cap. The Crest model is also marked FA 500.
F for filled? A --no clue, and 500 would be the price of $5.00, presumably.
The Crest model has a double-layer point, to prevent lead breakage, according to ads of the time.
They are sleek and modern, not unlike this 1948 Jackson Pollock, "Number 14."
Reminds me why I don't collect pens.