QUOTE(N. McKay @ Apr 23 2007, 09:01 PM)
It's an interesting pattern -- almost like having tab stops on your writing paper.
This is exactly what the vertical lines are used for.
In France, there are rules on how to write an essay, not only about style but also form.
Introduction, Conclusion and main paragraph are supposed to be indented almost at the middle of the page.
Two lines or one line need to be left blank between those 3 parts.
Subparagraphs need to be indented as well.
The horizontal lines are handwriting guides, minuscules (regular letters) must be the size of the space between the first dark blue and the first light blue line. b,d,l,h must stop at the second light blue line, and g,q,j must stop at the second light blue line under the dark blue line.
Majuscules (capital letters) stop at the third light blue line.
Seyes ruling with Herbin either Violette Pensee or Poussiere de Lune was used by children and people until the mid 50's.
At that time, the Bic started to replace fountain pen writing for business purpose, it probably had a lot to do with carbon copies.
In France, most ballpoints, but the yellow and clear Bic, used to be refillable. Parker had a nice market for it's Jotter, the prefered pen/pencil set gift, especially for women.
Waterman Florida Blue and all other erasable blue inks were used in school when the ink eradicator was introduced to the marketplace in the late 60's, early 70's.
In class, we were not allowed to switch from Bic to fountain pen until we were in the 5th grade but I used my first fountain pen in the 4th grade. I could not believe the difference a smooth writing fountain pen with a comfortable girth could make.
My handwriting has always been bigger than the "normal" french handwriting and I always threw the size convention out the window, especially when I had to transcribe a 4 to 6 pages essay, between midnite and 1am, due the next day.
Edited by Anne-Sophie, 09 May 2007 - 17:29.