Okay, what the heck is this thing? A friend who studies Comparative Literature found an unidentifiable punctuation mark that looks like a cross between a double-dagger, an exclamation point, and a hyphen, pictured here. [more inside]
DH got an estimate for an upcoming medical procedure and the handwriting is unclear whether the amount due is $422.13 or $1,122.13. [more inside]
Can you help me find an example of a particular style of decorative handwriting? It was endemic among girls and young women in the Deep South in the '80s and '90s. [more inside]
My handwriting is artistic but illegible. I'd like to learn plain old cursive, which I think means the Palmer method. What's the best way to go about doing that? [more inside]
Did people commonly make and keep copies of their handwritten personal correspondence? [more inside]
I love my Jotter, but I'm looking for something similar in a fountain pen. My number 1 priority is slimness - I hate fat pens - but I would also like to avoid cheap-feeling plastic. What are my options for under $50? Should I stick with Parker? Is the Cross Classic worthy of my grasp? What's the best non-bulky fountain pen you've used?
Over the years, I've acquired a handful of very nice fountain pens, which I love to use. They are inspiring me to take a crack at improving my handwriting, which has never looked good or been particularly legible. I am left-handed, and I loathe Palmer script (cursive) with a fiery passion thanks to some awful shaming I received about my handwriting as a child. What are some good resources for a southpaw to improve his handwriting that don't involve the kind of cursive I was (not) taught as a child? Books, videos, websites are all welcome.
I need some help finding older Germans who would like to be old-fashioned pen-pals. I need to practice my superpowers! [more inside]
From rural Pennsylvania, 1918 if it helps. I am working on my family tree and am wondering what the cause of death is here, and I can't read it. Thanks!
I got an amazing calligraphy set for Christmas. I have never done anything of the sort before. Where do I start? [more inside]
My dad, who is an engineering professor who can barely type, is looking for something that can help him put together lecture slides. I'm not sure if we want to attempt handwriting recognition, or just hand-write slides (similar to Khan Academy videos), but would a Wacom tablet suffice? If so, which model should I get? [more inside]
I do a good bit of genealogy research at work and help others with theirs as well. I want to get better at deciphering handwriting (in English) from the colonial period onward. Has anyone used any specific resources that helped them with this? I don't need a certification or anything but I would like to be able to show I've done my research in this area. Thanks!
How does a right-handed person teach a left-handed person how to write (and do other stuff)? [more inside]
This snippet is from a petition for naturalization filed in North Dakota (USA) in 1908. It is referring to the birth place of a man born in Sweden in 1874. Anyone with more knowledge of historical Swedish parishes and/or turn-of-the-century handwriting care to help me decipher the first word? [more inside]
After experiencing an extremely nasty psychiatrist I just need to get my medical records per the request to my insurance to get partial reimbursement for the claim. [more inside]
I would like to send Christmas letters, including one to a girl I like. There's only one problem: I have terrible handwriting. It's really, really bad. I've worked on improving it my whole life, but my motor skills just can't seem to pick up on the knack of writing properly; my words honestly look like the scribbles of a child, and unless I take care are sometimes illegible to other people. For this reason I much prefer typing things, but I feel that much of the sentimentality is lost if a letter is typed. Is there any way for me (through cool program, font, or other method) to send something that's typed that gives the same impact a written letter would? [more inside]
Where can I see numbered diagrams for handwriting each Cyrillic letter?
I never learned to hold a pen correctly. My extremely awkward method involves pressing my index and middle fingers hard on the top of my pen. As a result, my hand quickly gets tired and cramped. Can I change this? How much practice would be involved? It's easy to find descriptions of better grips, but I don't find advice for adults who want to change long-established bad habits.
I'm getting a tattoo in memorial for my grandmother who passed away. It will be in her handwriting but I need help deciding how to phrase it. Photo and details inside. [more inside]
I need to learn to write with my other hand. How do I do this? [more inside]
Rather than rely on our usual email correspondence, I would like to write some letters by hand to someone very important to me who lives very far away. [more inside]
I'm looking for some inspiration for fonts/styles of printed writing for me to handwrite. [more inside]
Do you think the same person wrote all the words on this paper? [more inside]
I would like to create a font using someone's handwriting and am looking for a good software with which to do this. I'm not an expert in this, so it would have to have a small learning curve, unless it is really worth it for me to spend time learning so I can get reasonable results. [more inside]
How can I learn to hand write in Serbian Cyrillic? [more inside]
How do you write your lowercase 'f's? All above the line or partly below? I'm trying to work out if this is a US/UK-specific thing. [more inside]
Bad scan, old handwriting; can anyone decipher this handwritten Irish placename? [more inside]
Illegible-filter: what's the name written on the back of this photograph? All I can make out is "Karen _______, age 13."
How fast could people dictate before typewriters? You see in movies or read in books about valets or secretaries taking dictation. Were they using a shorthand system? Or was it longhand, but with abbreviations and such? Can I find examples of such drafts/notes?
I have a lot of trouble with spatial relations, am clumsy, find fine motor skills difficult, and have some bodily asymmetries. Are these related and is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
Is there an iPad handwritten note-taking app that also has extensive file organization AND syncing capability (like Evernote)? [more inside]
Calling all physicians and handwriting experts - what does this say on my mom's death certificate? [more inside]
I want to send a letter with a personal touch but I have horrific handwriting. [more inside]
I want beautiful handwriting. [more inside]
Please help me read this census entry: On line 61: what is this gentleman's occupation?
Help me decipher some old handwriting. [more inside]
I'd like to use different fonts, decorations and little icons when I write on my paper notebook. I'm thinking stuff like Mike Rhode's. Do any of you have any other examples of cool handwritten notes for inspiration?
Remember those handwriting practice worksheets with little arrows showing you how to write letters (image here)? I'm looking for something like that - but for Eastern Arabic numerals. [more inside]
Tablets and handwriting recognition. What's the deal? [more inside]
Back when people still used handwriting for pretty much everything, what did they do for acronyms and initialisms? I'm just having a hard time imagining the Palmer uppercase forms being used to spell out NATO or AT&T or the like. Any pictorial examples would be especially appreciated.
What are some handwriting uses that encourage regular, repeated sessions? Difficulty: Meaningful output (i.e. not rote exercises), creativity optional (i.e. writing short stories, composing lyrics are less desirable). [more inside]
I have this old hand written letter that I need help transcribing. [more inside]
Germanfilter: Can someone help me translate this German handwritten letter? [more inside]
Is changing my signature a legal no-no/nightmare? [more inside]
Deciphering old handwriting...please hope me. [more inside]
Is handwriting analysis a valid forensic technique? [more inside]
How do I learn to love my writing enough to complete my work? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a free Traditional Chinese kaishu-style font that looks like it was written with a ballpoint pen or pencil (not a calligraphic pen or brush)? I'm currently using HanWangFangSongMedium from this page, which I quite like, but it's in fangsong style. It's for my computer flashcards when trying to remember how to write characters (e.g English word -> Chinese character). [more inside]
Odd 'writing' on a stained glass panel - can you work out what, if anything, it says? [more inside]
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