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Has anyone used Mills' 'Modern Business Penmanship'?

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--- Quote from: Jehu on May 11, 2021, 06:36:48 PM ---Thanks, Jean. That's a great idea -- maybe I'll do that.

I'm still working through the Spencerian copybooks (I've just started Book 5), but I suppose there's no reason I can't start dabbling with Mills, time permitting.

Thanks again, both of you.

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Are they really very different, Jehu (the Copy books vs. MBP by Mills)?

Format, yes; stylistically, no.

But that's exactly what I'm after, as I come to the end of the copybooks: Other good resources in a similar style, to continue my development.

Another fantastic source for Mills' instruction is Penman's Art Journal, available (and searchable) on   Some of the articles are geared more towards beginners, others are towards more advanced students.  Because many of these series were monthly publications, I think there is a bit more explanation in them than in the book (which I also have).   There is also an absolutely astounding series of over 300 plates (I think actually over 400!) in the PAJ, Vol 23.   It starts with very basic movement exercises, and then proceeds into letters.   I think that this is an invaluable supplement to his two books, and provides further examples of his writing, various connections, drills, etc.   I was excited to discover all of this last night.  :)

Erica McPhee:
Thank you @GretchenC for mentioning that fabulous resource!  :)

To answer the original question, yes. I have the book (copyright 1916). It has 75 lessons, containing very nice exemplars, but haven't used it a lot, as I haven't done much with business penmanship. Highly recommended though, if you're looking to learn it.


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