I’m cataloguing a little handwritten booklet of poems from 1860. The more I examine it, the more I wonder what ever became of the subject of penmanship. I couldn’t make my handwriting look this beautiful if I tried for a hundred years. Does anyone out there know why and how handwriting changed from the very formal and beautiful script below to the chicken scratch we eke out today?
While we’re waiting for answer, here are some photos of the handwriting in the booklet:
American journalist and essayist Lance Morrow once said, “Handwriting is civilization’s casual encephalogram.” Perhaps that’s true, but let’s hope not.