One of the favorite pencils of office professionals was something new and clever, the STIK. This skinny little mechanical pencil was magnetized to stick to any metal surface, available quickly to make a note. Filing cabinets, desks, typing tables, and other office paraphernalia were made of metal then. Mom had two STIKs, a metal one and a celluloid (or plastic) and metal one.
They are nose drive pencils with 0.9 mm lead and a miniscule eraser inside each when you pull the tops off. The STIK patent number is on the brown one with the knob top, while the all-metal one says USA, STIK on the clip and has the same patent number (2508075) and Made in USA on the side. It was the patent of one Owen Morris of New York, applied for in 1949 and issued in 1951. Apparently Mr. Morris thought it would be great for sticking to the dashboard of a car as well as to the side of a filing cabinet. Imagine, dashboards made of metal!
This small, simple, but attractive pin-on fob with slim, three-inch nose-drive pencil also went to the office with Mom back then. The fob has the same pin mechanism as the Beckhard Line FLIP, but is unmarked, as is the pencil. (See the blog: NOT a Ketchem & McDougall )
In addition to the STIK pencils, Mom also used her Iowa-made Sheaffer Skripsert pen and pencil set in blue with chrome caps. The pen has a stainless steel nib. The Sheaffer ink cartridges of today are still a perfect fit. And Mom still loves blue.
For more about this model see the blog: Skripsert Pencil