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Acidity of inks
What about the acidity of ink? This seems to be a point of ongoing talk on various discussion
Addy, William William Addy (b. 1618, d. 1695?)- William
Addy is best known as the author of a system of shorthand, founded upon that of Jeremiah Rich
American Copybooks An Outline of their
History from Colonial to Modern Times by Stanley Morison
Ayers, John (1680-1705) John Ayres was the
most eminent writing-master of his day
Bailey, J.J. - Memorial by Eileen
Richardson This issue is dedicated to the memory of Canada's foremost penman, J.
J. Bailey and his lovely wife, Mary.
Bailey, J.J. - Memorial by Fred
Richardson J. J. Bailey, Canada's foremost penman, was one of a group of seven who
founded the International Association of Master Penmen and Teachers of Handwriting.
Baird, W.A. - Lessons in Engrosser's Script
By way of apology for this course in Roundhand or Engrossing Script, little need be said of
this style of penmanship itself. While it is an old style, it seems to be quite popular at
the present time, and its popularity seems to be increasing.
Baird, W.A. - Obituary
It is with saddened hearts and a realization of an irreparable loss that we learned of the
recent death of our friend, Willis A. Baird, the master engrosser and illuminator of Brooklyn,
Bartow, S.E. - Obituary Samuel Everett
Bartow was a native of Cassville, Ohio. He received his training in the public schools there
and later attended the Oberlin, Ohio Business College, which is the present Oberlin College.
Beginning Class in Penmanship,
W.D McDaniels and A.N. Palmer In fact, the mastery of a fluent, plain style of writing
is well worth to any one the time and effort expended.
Behrensmeyer, H.P. - One of America's
Most Skillful Penmen H.P. Behrensmeyer was born on February 18, 1868. He received
his first penmanship lessons from C. L. Martin followed by a course under Fielding Schofield,
who was known as one of America's finest.
Benguria, Enrique - Memorial We regret
to report the death of our Honorary President, Enrique Benguria on April 8, 1985 in New York
City, He would have been 92 on May 26.
Bickham, George, Sr. (~1684 - ~1758) Bickham
attained a much higher position as an engraver of calligraphy than as a practitioner of the
Blackwell, Buddy - Memorial It is with heavy
heart that I must tell you of the passing from this life of Buddy Blackwell on March 16, 1999.
Blanchard, H.S. - Memorial Through
friends we learned of the death December 31, 1940 of H. S. Blanchard, Los Angeles, Calif.,
one of America's oldest and finest penmen.
Bloser, E.W. - Memorial Resolutions
As a Penman, he was recognized as one of the finest in the profession, being a product of
that famous Oberlin, Ohio, College which gave so many pen. men to the educational world.
Bloser's Ink - A recipe by E.W. Bloser (written
before 1929) Use a large ink well, filling it 3/4 full with pure Arnold's Japan
Ink. After using it in the pure state until it gets too dark or thick, thin it with water,
strong black coffee (strong enough to KILL A CAT)
Bloser's Ink - A letter by E.W. Bloser E.W.
Bloser, was owner of the Zaner-Bloser Co. in Columbus, Ohio. He described his ink in two paragraphs
of a typewritten letter to Daniel W. Hoff, Meadville, Pennsylvania, April 28, 1913
The Blue Book - Compiled by L.E. Stacy, 1907
An amazing compilation of biographical sketches of over 150 Commercial Penmanship Teachers
of that era.
Blue, S.M. - Memorial It is with deep regret that
we announce the passing of Stanley Matthews Blue, known to many penmen as "Billy" Blue.
Brooks, William (1696-1749) To Bickham's
Universal Penman William Brooks contributed one plate (No- 32), and another plate (No- 50),
dated 1720, to his Penmanship in its Utmost Beauty and Extent. Massey says that there is one
plate of his in Bickham's Penman's Companion, but no copy of this book has been seen.
Brown, Coats - IAMPETH Member Spotlight
Coats Brown was a senior member of IAMPETH and a truly wonderful gentleman and penman. The
following was taken from The IAMPETH Newsletter, Summer 1995
Browne, David "Master David Browne, His Majesties
Scribe, Sainct-Andrewes" is how this writing-master styles himself on the title-page of his
Calligraphia which was published in 1622 from the University Press at St Andrews.
Brown, E.L - Display Script - A few
helpful hints We show herewith a sample of script which is very attractive for head-lines,
window signs, etc. Study the character of letters carefully.
Brown, E.L - Lessons
in Engrossing Taken from The Educator, December 1953
Brown, E.L. - Lessons in Engrossing
This is quite an important lesson, as it shows the lay-off of a set of resolutions. Attention
is called to the diagram showing how the double-curved heading is made.
Brown, E.L. - A Dedication Taken
from the December 1953 issue of The Educator. EL Brown was an all-around penman. He was very
skilled with a pointed pen as well as a broad pen and brush.
Brown, E.L - A Dedication by the Zaner-Bloser
Company Edwin L. Brown, the master penman, engrosser, and artist, was born in Camden,
Maine, in 1869. In his early youth, he manifested great interest in handwriting and pen work
Brown, E.L. - Engrossing Script,
1907 This is a most useful and profitable style to acquire, and every penman should
be able to write a strong, accurate shaded round hand.
Brownfield, W.C. on the death of C.P. Zaner,
February 1919 After dropping a sprig of evergreen in the open grave of my dear teacher,
I returned home feeling keenly the distinct and awful loss of a courageous, kind-hearted friend.
This one is for Del.
Brownfield, W.C. Since taking a course in the
Zanerian, Mr. Brownfield has been making very rapid progress as a penman and teacher.
Brunet, G.R - A Letter During the
summer, while motoring with my wife to eastern Canada, I made a short stop at Detroit. There
it was my privilege to meet one of the greatest living penmen and handwriting experts-one
who never grows old.
Bugbee, the most celebrated New England penman, was fully
as famous in his section as Spencer was in Ohio. Bugbee taught throughout New Hampshire shire,
and some in Vermont.
Handwriting by the Editor (E.A. Lupfer), 1955 Most school teachers are today endeavoring
to teach their students to write easily and legibly. If we may judge by the sales of textbooks
and supplies, much more attention is being given to this important subject than most persons
Canan, C.C., Taken from The Educator, December
1941 From time to time some of our readers, who have heard of the skillful work
of C. C. Canan, ask questions regarding him. We are, therefore, printing his photograph and
a few facts regarding this unusual penman.
Canan, C.C., Taken from "Collection of Penmanship"
The pen work executed by the late C. C. Canan is of such a high order of skill that we deemed
it our duty to reproduce his best efforts in book form so as to preserve them for the benefit
of others who' wish to master penmanship.
Card-Carving, by J.D. Carter This
month we present some simple designs in Card Carving which illustrate how card carving can
be used on various greeting cards.
Carstairs, Joseph and E. Butterworth,
Writing Masters I checked Sir Amborse Heal's book The English Writing Masters (1580-1800)
for info on Carstairs and found it surprisingly wanting. He was mentioned but no biographical
info was listed. Therefore, I am posting what I found including the E. Butterworth bio.
- J. Vitolo
Carter Ink Company, Taken from Pen, Ink and
Evidence by Joe Nickell Much ink was made by apothecaries who found they could easily
prepare the fluid in quantity and pour it into standard bottles, which they sold with their
own labels affixed.
Champion, Mary, from The Champion Method of Practical
Business Writing (1921) This is a complete course in plain business writing, and
is intended for use in private and public school, and for self-instruction.
Clark, John, (1683-1736) Between John Clark
and Charles Snell a bitter and undignified controversy arose in the year 1712.
Coca-Cola's logo - Frank M. Robinson
It was Robinson who was responsible for the white spencerian handwriting on red background
that would become the most famous trade mark in the world.
Collins, R.S. - Penman and list of Ohio Penmen
R. S. Collins, penman, penmanship instructor, penmanship connoisseur, and world traveler,
recently arrived home again after spending a year abroad.
Costaras, Chris J. - An Interview Obtained a Gold
Seal Certificate in Engrossing from The Zanerian College. Signed by R.E. Bloser, P.Z. Bloser
and E.A. Lupfer
Costello, P.W. - Obituary
America Loses One of Her Most Skillful Engrossers
Costello, Clark and Courtney Biographical information