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Offline Ken Fraser

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Historic photo
« on: April 07, 2024, 09:17:17 AM »
This photo dates from 1949 and is a copy of a copy of a newspaper cutting from c1950 hence the poor quality. I've posted it here as it may be of some historic interest, This was a writing class at a school in Dundee, Scotland.
All the writing was done with flexible dip nibs and the style was Vere Foster script which. as a slightly shaded script, was a simplified, more upright  form of English Roundhand. Unfortunately, the introduction of ball-point pens a few years later resulted in the loss of  skill and the quality of handwriting deteriorated.
When my mother, who was born in 1911. was taught handwriting. as a left-hander she was forced to learn with her right hand.
By the time of this photo, no such Draconian measure applied, and the girl at the left side of the photo,  can be seen writing with her left hand. However, no such accommodation was made for the built-in inkwell which can be seen at the top right corner of the desk. She had to cross over her writing each time she wanted to dip her nib.
It's irrelevant, but I am seated at the extreme right side of the photo.   
« Last Edit: April 07, 2024, 09:27:24 AM by Ken Fraser »

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Re: Historic photo
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2024, 10:40:18 AM »
What?! That is the MOST relevant part!!! Love seeing this and you!!!  :-*
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Re: Historic photo
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2024, 08:12:56 AM »
My grandmother was also left handed but made to write with her right hand.
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Re: Historic photo
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2024, 04:48:21 AM »
My grandmother was also left handed but made to write with her right hand.
It would appear to have been fairly common practice at one time.