Surpised By Some Old And Sloppy Handwriting.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 00:47
Inside was a bunch of receipts and a voter registration card. But what struck me as funny was the sloppy handwriting. I guess it doesn't make sense to have ornate script for something as simple as receipts and such, but I was surprised by how sloppy it was. I also keep thinking about the pen. I imagine it was a dip pen, but an old fountain pen wouldn't be out of question considering the time period (1880s 1890s.)
Here's a voter registration card for a Martin Pinson from White Plains township in Spartanburg County SC. He was 63 in 1894 so I wonder if he was a Civil War veteran.
Anyway, I thought you all might get a kick out of seeing everyday writing from the past, not just the ornate stuff.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 01:51
Posted 06 May 2012 - 01:55
I would think, though, that the folk who wrote these pieces had a different attitude to those two worlds; they probably respected and even aspired to good formal handwriting, whereas so many today simply do not. I doubt they would have had the attitude; 'This is the way I do it and so it's just as good as anyone else's.'. Less emphasis on the self in those days?
Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:26
Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:47
They're interesting in any event. Thanks for sharing them.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:18
Posted 06 May 2012 - 18:48
Posted 07 May 2012 - 13:03
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 16:19
These small samples open a window to the past perhaps better than more formal writings do, and are a privilege to see. Thank you.