Learning Handwriting in the 1950s

January 23rd is #NationalHandwritingDay which according to The Writing Instrument Manufacturers’ Association of America is, “a chance for all of us to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting.” This is the blogpost I wrote for my Cabbage and Semolina Blog a couple of years ago to celebrate the occasion!

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John Hancokc's signature Image credit: By John Hancock (Massachusetts Historical Society) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

January 23rd is National Handwriting Day.

The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association says that:

National Handwriting Day is a chance for all of us to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting.

WIMA sponsors National Handwriting Day every January 23 in conjunction with John Hancock’s birthday. Hancock was the first to sign the American Declaration of Independence and is famous for his large, bold signature.

“Though computers and e-mail play an important role in our lives, nothing will ever replace the sincerity and individualism expressed through the handwritten word,” says David H. Baker, WIMA’s Executive Director.

To celebrate National Handwriting Day here are my experiences of learning handwriting in the 1950s.

At first in school we learnt to write with thick stubby pencils before transferring to thinner pencils at the end of Infants school.

In the Lower Juniors…

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