Where can I find old handwriting worksheets on the Internet?
May 20, 2019 3:07 PM   Subscribe

This is the sort of thing I assume exists in the droves on this Internets of ours, but an initial search has been lacking. I'm looking for an archive of scanned (preferably high-res) images of old hand-writing exercises. You know, the type you had to do in grade school when learning how to write, like this. Either handwriting or cursive is fine.
  • I'm specifically looking for older historical versions from the US. The older the better, but lets say 1920-1970 would be ideal.
Any help appreciated!
posted by jeremias to Education (9 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

Before Palmer but overlapping, Spencerian. Search for practice sheets.
posted by Botanizer at 3:30 PM on May 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

Those are both great leads, thanks, but I am wondering if there's something out there a little more rigorous. For example I would love to be able to compare the type of writing examples between the 1950s to the 1960s and just wonder if someone else has done that work already.
posted by jeremias at 3:54 PM on May 20, 2019

1931 Correlated Handwriting, Compendium 7
1939 Wesco System Of Writing
See also: Internet Archive Search: subject:"Handwriting" and Internet Archive Search: subject:"Penmanship", or uploads by user IAMPETH. You can select by date, and it seems that landscape-format scans tend to have samples or worksheets.
posted by scruss at 3:57 PM on May 20, 2019 [4 favorites]

Have Android? Lazy Dog might be useful.
posted by dobbs at 6:46 PM on May 20, 2019

The Noble & Noble System
posted by JimN2TAW at 8:15 PM on May 20, 2019 [2 favorites]

Ooh, that Noble & Noble one is really good.
posted by jeremias at 4:04 AM on May 21, 2019

Those links were very interesting! But Wow! I had a flash back to first grade catholic school where a mean nun kept smacking my knuckles with a ruler because I was doing it wrong! To this day my handwriting stinks.
posted by james33 at 5:05 AM on May 21, 2019

(the noble and noble one is geofenced, btw: users outside the USA see only the metadata and none of the content)
posted by scruss at 2:10 PM on May 21, 2019

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