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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.

Spencerian Script / Re: Trade Card
« on: May 12, 2022, 08:30:52 PM »
I couldnít resist and gave the second one a try. Could use a little work but itís fun to try it. I am just in awe at how fine their hairlines are and the boldness of their shade.
Ah, my friend, that "r" is actually an "e" as in DePere, Wisconsin, near Green Bay.
Lovely work, though.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Calligraphy auction
« on: May 05, 2022, 05:05:10 PM »
Whoa - the 604 EFís! Are they worth it?  ;D
For most people, the answer is no.
At $1000 per box (current bid), there are less expensive vintage nibs that will produce excellent work. These nibs require a very light touch, which not everyone has.
For collectors, they might buy one or a few, but not a whole box (at least I know of no collector that buys each type of nib by the box just to have a box full). For users (vs. collectors), most will buy a few to try, but prefer the cost of good modern nibs if they are expecting to use many of them over a long period of time, or find the nib doesn't suit their touch.
One group that might buy them at this price or higher are dealers, who would break the box and try to sell them a few at a time, say at double the price, say $15 or even more, on eBay. That's a slow process. I've followed a couple of dealers over time that do this, and it's a long process.
There is one group that might also buy at this level and quantity--those that use this nib often as their main nib and plan to use it for the long term. I would be one of this group, although I don't know of anyone else specifically that uses this nib day in day out. Surely there must be a few. But take it from me, a great nib does not make a great penman. For someone to get the most out of the nib, it would probably require using a hundred or more to just to acquire the skill to use it to its potential.
It must be noted, though, these don't come up for sale by the box very often. So, if you're willing to make a big commitment to one nib, here's your chance.
Chris Yoke wrote an article some years ago about buying nibs, and he felt at the time no nib was worth more than $5. Perhaps that number has gone up with time, but the market will tell what the worth really is, at least to someone who buys it.

Update:  With 1 day, 18 hrs. to go, the bid is $1488--$10.33 per nib.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Calligraphy auction
« on: May 04, 2022, 09:42:08 PM »
Not sure if this is allowed or the correct place for it, please move or delete as appropriate.

I just came across a temporary addition to the Yoke Pen Company website.
It appears that Christopher is getting rid of a bunch of stuff from his own collection. He has a page set up as an auction with some very cool stuff. He has also mentioned it on his IG.
Thanks for mentioning this. Chris is one of the finest people I've met along the penmanship journey.
Everything he makes or sells is of quality. Bring the big bucks if you want the 604 ef's.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Stamps and Letters
« on: May 01, 2022, 05:55:48 PM »
A friend pointed me to this article about using vintage stamps to decorate hand-written letters/envelopes, which I have done for years, particularly in the exchanges, matching the color envelopes or theme of the exchange. I've also received a few. Anyone else do this currently?

It is absolutely  wonderful!!!!
I am also trying to achieve some level in this beautiful scripts!
I am falling out up and down but I never give up my enthusiasm as I know it is something worthwhile.  ???
It is a long journey but I am happy I  can see I am moving forward with some good results.
So "The copperplate " is the grail scripts for me and It needs a lot of discipline !!!!!!

Well done on your writing!!!! :D
The journey is never ending. Go for it.

Word of the Day / Re: Satisficing
« on: April 19, 2022, 03:48:46 PM »
Beautiful, So so beautiful!  You always give me Spencerian Goals (which mine may never satisfice)
Thanks, @K-2 . Actually, an example of satisficing on my part. I had only six minutes to grab a pen, ink, and a scrap of paper to dash that off, let it dry, and post it before another engagement. Sufficient, but not my best.

Pedantry Ahoy:  It's not exactly a new word, although it may be new to you.

 Quite right--better would have been "new to me" and not relying on the claim by the author of the article referenced.


Here's our word of the day in a 14th-15thC B‚tarde:
Love it. I'd be happy with one tenth the talent you show in your drawings and lettering. Ever think you were born in the wrong century?
Looks like an Invent ink--Stargazer maybe?

Word of the Day / Satisficing
« on: April 17, 2022, 06:06:33 PM »
Is it not fun to discover someone has coined a new word that describes a complex subject in a single word?
This from the first paragraph of a book review in the April 16-17 edition of the Wall Street Journal, describing a person's quest for the perfect audio system.
Could apply to any tool or endeavor--penmanship perhaps?

Adding the attribution (which I forgot when posting originally).

Spencerian Script / Trade Card
« on: April 14, 2022, 05:56:43 PM »
I recently purchased this trade card on eBay from the Green Bay Business College, circa 1880-1886, as the Wikipedia article suggests. Thought you might like to see it.
Anyone think the hairlines are too thin?

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Benjamin Franklin Documentary
« on: April 06, 2022, 06:01:08 PM »

The long S comes up rarely here, as in this Inktober post (for Spark), but also in this 2018 post:

Not sure if that adds anything more to @K-2 's excellent post.

Workshops & Conference News / Re: 2022 IAMPETH conference
« on: April 04, 2022, 10:11:11 AM »
@Erica McPhee

I wondered if I could get that by the censors.
Good catch.

Pen drawing and text for a hotel promotion
Beautiful. You are a man of many talents.

Workshops & Conference News / Re: 2022 IAMPETH conference
« on: March 27, 2022, 02:25:24 PM »
So wish I was goingÖ only time my husband could get for vacation this year so we will be in Maine.   :(
You will be missed. I wouldn't trade a day or week in Maine for one in Atlanta either. Nothing finer than the Maine coast in summer.

Workshops & Conference News / Re: 2022 IAMPETH conference
« on: March 27, 2022, 02:22:16 PM »
@AnasaziWrites I went last year to Omaha, but Iím skipping this year. I think that going to Hotlanta in July sounds miserable!  Iím probably going to go next year, though!
What? The weather here in July, 90+ degrees and nearly 100% humidity, not to your liking? Not to worry. The convention will be helled this year at the Grand Hyatt, and they are said to have this new-fangled thing called air conditioning. Works great, unless you venture outside. Maybe next year, then.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Whatcha Working On?
« on: March 27, 2022, 02:08:03 PM »
As long as you asked--cleaning house. We have house guests arriving this week for the first time since Covid began.  My apologies to those to whom I owe correspondence. 

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