Elmer Ward Bloser
Portrait and bio taken with permission from Michael
E. W. Bloser was born on November 6, 1865, and raised on his parents' farm in Pennsylvania.
As a boy he made up writing inks and sold writing supplies to neighboring children who
were interested in learning how to write. At age 17 he left home and entered the Sherman
Telegraph School in Oberlin, Ohio. While he was studying telegraphy he became acquainted
with G. W. Michael's Pen Art Hall. He entered Michael's school on August 2, 1883, and
became so skilled that within a short period of time he assumed duties as a Penmanship
instructor there. The school was relocated to Delaware, Ohio, and E. W. Bloser went along
as well. In 1885, he made the acquaintance of Platt R. Spencer, Jr., who persuaded him to
become one of the instructors at the Spencerian Business College in Cleveland, Ohio. Under
Mr. Spencer's tutelage he made remarkable progress in his writing and acquired great skill
and accuracy in body writing. In a few years he was considered the finest page writer in
the penmanship profession.