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19th Century Finnish Penmanship Book


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#1 Mangrove

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 12:31

I copied these from a book, or more a booklet, preserved at the The National Library of Finland; Akiander, M. 1851. Kirjoittamisen alku-oppi. J. C. Frenckell, Helsinki. Dimensions are 235mm by 116 mm (9 1/4" x 4 1/2"). The price on the cover is labeled to twenty silver kopecks which is around three euro or four dollars in 2009. Notice the alternative version of minuscule "s".

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2. Minuscules



3. Majuscules.



4.1. "Mouth is the interpreter of heart".
4.2. Truth will out.
4.3. "New debt even in old (age)".
4.4. Lie like a rug.




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Posted 04 March 2009 - 18:00

Beautiful!! It's what I would call Copperplate.

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#3 jbb

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 18:16

QUOTE (vidalia11 @ Mar 4 2009, 10:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Beautiful!! It's what I would call Copperplate.

Karen

Beautiful indeed! thumbup.gif I would have called it Spencerian. Maybe I don't know the difference between Copperplate and Spencerian writing. unsure.gif What is the difference???


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Posted 04 March 2009 - 19:05

QUOTE (jbb @ Mar 4 2009, 10:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (vidalia11 @ Mar 4 2009, 10:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Beautiful!! It's what I would call Copperplate.

Karen

Beautiful indeed! thumbup.gif I would have called it Spencerian. Maybe I don't know the difference between Copperplate and Spencerian writing. unsure.gif What is the difference???


Copperplate has more line shading with hairline/thick contrast than Spencerian. Also, Spencerian was American writing and I don't know whether Finland had it (just a thought, I have no idea).

Karen

Edited by vidalia11, 04 March 2009 - 19:07.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 19:17

Interesting. The handwriting I learned in Poland in the 1970's is substantially the same, minus the shading. Pan-Northeastern-European?

#6 Frits B

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 19:45

More or less the same script was taught in Holland, minus the long s - that disappeared around 1900 (it was a relic from earlier scripts anyway).






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