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Stephen's scarlet writing fluid


Between the 1900s and the 1960s, school-aged children would learn to write with pencil before being allowed to graduate to using pen and ink to complete their school and homework. Each child's desk would have an inkpot set into a special carved hole, and would be filled up by an ink monitor. Children would use dipping pens to write, and the standard issue colour of school ink was the shade 'blue black'.


Colours of writing ink such as this scarlet writing fluid would be used by teachers for marking as it stands out on the page.

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East Ayrshire Council