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Photos That Prove People Can No Longer Write
« on: April 05, 2018, 12:36:52 PM »
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry... A couple of good Spencerian/Business Writing Examples in here:

16 Photos That Prove People Don't Know How to Write by Hand Anymore
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Re: Photos That Prove People Can No Longer Write
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2018, 02:58:18 PM »
Liked that Musselman and the Carstairs particularly.

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Re: Photos That Prove People Can No Longer Write
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2018, 03:48:26 PM »
the last example looked like what i used to scribble.

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Re: Photos That Prove People Can No Longer Write
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2018, 05:41:41 PM »
But to be fair, that first image with the illuminated letter is straight up art, not like everyone was engrossing every letter or note page they wrote haha!

But it is sad when I know people my age who can't even READ cursive, let alone write in it. *face palm*
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Re: Photos That Prove People Can No Longer Write
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2018, 05:52:15 PM »
Here's a dialogue from the second century BC, in which handwriting was compared to chicken scratch. (The whole website is quite good--it's the companion to an exhibition of some Roman cursive tablets excavated from a site in Northern England---notably, written in almost indecipherable Roman cursive). Concern about poor handwriting in our contemporaries has been around for literally millennia.
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Re: Photos That Prove People Can No Longer Write
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2018, 09:51:12 AM »
Very interesting! I wonder if that is where the term "chicken scratch" came from?!  ;D
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Re: Photos That Prove People Can No Longer Write
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2018, 10:57:27 AM »
In German we say someone has a »sow's claw« ;D
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Re: Photos That Prove People Can No Longer Write
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2018, 01:20:26 PM »
But to be fair, that first image with the illuminated letter is straight up art, not like everyone was engrossing every letter or note page they wrote haha!

I agree. I think it is unfair to compare illuminated manuscripts or business writing with everyday handwriting – how many of us calligraphers don't have untidy everyday hands? Mine certainly devolves into a barely legible mess when I am jotting down notes for my own later reference. At that specific moment it is a case of function over form, for whatever reason.

Remember that writing was developed for utility purposes first, and only became an art form later.

Incidentally, on to a pet peeve: in my experience, articles headed "Photographs that prove XYZ" in fact rarely prove anything because of the highly selective comparisons they usually make.

That said, I don't argue the fact that our art is (if not dying) is at least become increasingly niche – the difficulty of finding calligraphy supplies is South Africa compared to when I started three decades ago, is ample proof.

Perhaps I should take pictures of the limited selections of pens and inks in mainstream stationery shops and blog them under the title: Photos that prove that things change  ;)

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Re: Photos That Prove People Can No Longer Write
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2018, 12:02:12 PM »
Good points @Dries ... also, love the new D avatar... beautiful!  ;D
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Re: Photos That Prove People Can No Longer Write
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2018, 01:16:46 PM »
... also, love the new D avatar... beautiful!  ;D

Thank you indeed.

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Re: Photos That Prove People Can No Longer Write
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2018, 07:20:07 AM »
In German we say someone has a »sow's claw« ;D

In Denmark it’s “crows toes” .. yeah dunno what weird crows has toes but there you go..