Posts Tagged ‘penmanship’

Originally published in North Maple Valley Living, April 2020

By JoAnne Matsumura
Maple Valley Historical Society

Hello readers, how is your spelling and penmanship these days? It’s contest time. Oh, that’s right, you’ve got a computer that checks spelling and offers cursive-styled words. Your computer spell check may not always be right. Well, in the 1920s, school students had a spell check system, too. It was called The Teacher! (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, April 1, 1926

Black Diamond has always maintained a reputation for turning out championship teams in baseball, but in the season which just closed, the camp held the distinction of honoring two soccer football teams, both of whom made splendid records.

In the group shown above are gathered the following players: Front row, left to right, “Chick” Thompson, Chas. “Red” Towers, A. Maroni, R. Durnac, John Ogden; second row, Chas. Maroni, Jas. Strang, Vic Roberts; back row, P.J. Gallagher, J.T. Hollow, and “Boots” Pierotti. (more…)

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Originally published in the BDHS newsletter, July 2010

By Frank Hammock

A man’s penmanship is an unfailing index of his character, moral and mental, and a criterion by which to judge his peculiarities of taste and sentiments.
— 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

The Declaration of Independence – showing its elegance and handwritten beauty. (1776)

The Declaration of Independence – showing its elegance and handwritten beauty. (1776)

As far back as most of us can remember, handwriting and penmanship were the curricula to be reckoned with in the various environs of our humble academic beginnings. Hours were spent on a weekly basis in elementary school hammering out letters on specially designed paper to ensure the curves and lines were properly spaced and in perspective not only to itself but to other letters. If not, the writing of one letter could be confused with that of another, such as with the capital “F” and “T” or small “k” and “h.” (more…)

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