Friday, February 21, 2014

Collection: Vintage Penmanship Magazines 1877 to 1912

Note, these journals are for Private Use, to use commercially you Need Permission!

From The International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting:  IAMPETH is an international, non-profit association over 700 members strong dedicated to practicing and preserving the beautiful arts of calligraphy, engrossing and fine penmanship.  Founded in 1949, it is the oldest and largest penmanship organization in the United States.

They host a page full of links to  Vintage Penmanship Magazines
Their site states: These magazines are in PDF file format, and we offer them here in their entirety for current and future generations of calligraphers, penmen and pen artists. We hope you enjoy them.  According to the Article Golden Age of Ornamental Penmanship from 1850 to 1925 beautiful penmanship was the rule of the day.

Don't be misled by the shiver of dread the word Penmanship might lance through you.  There is so much more to these journals than mere handwriting drills and nagging to keep your posture in line.

We've replaced the physically written word with true type and text talk and images that can take  an instant to capture and eons to load.  As a mature woman with aging eyes, there are days I am sooo grateful for the clear fonts, ability to zoom in on text and the portability of the texts without the weight.

However, the sheer beauty of the images in these journals, the advertisements showing the advances in education, business and even fashions is so worth looking at, even at the strain of your eyes.  The pen art is especially fascinating, we see so little of it now.  There are series of drawing from nature lessons as well as the Phonographic writing lessons (shorthand as we used to know it) and tips on how to create Diplomas, Certificates and Invitations.  The articles are in many instances little more than blatant self-promotion but there is a thread of history throughout these journals that I'm glad I didn't miss.

The pdfs are large.  They can also be found with Preview Images Here and Here.

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