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Handwriting examples from the 1870's

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I recently purchased a miscellaneous set of documents from around 1872-74 related to the running of the Vermont and Massachusetts Railway. I picked them up because I'm interested in old styles of penmanship. Most are not terribly interesting from a content perspective, but the variation in handwriting is quite fun. I haven't gone through them all yet, but here are three of my favorites so far.

Me too! I spent way too much time on Google searching for pics of 1700's to 1800's documents with handwriting. Now I know I'm not the only one!

You and me both, Matteherr.

Thanks for sharing these AAAndrew! Old handwriting styles are fascinating to me. Maybe because I started with Spencerian, but I like to see how personal handwriting has changed. I appreciate seeing goods cans of old docs like this.

Here's an interesting one. It's a draft letter old Mr. Poor is writing to Charles S. Osgood, a member of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Besides the writing, it is also interesting to see draft letters, which almost never survive.

Here's an interesting hand from the 1870 US Census in Philadelphia.


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