French instruction manual, 1900, page 3, Cursive. Heights of letters, width of the thick parts (which only works modernly with a calligraphic style nib on a fountain pen or the equivalent) and the slant of lettering. Penmanship exercises where just as demanding as they are now, plus you were expected to learn more than one style of writing.
Majuscule B. Surprisingly, I had a bit of a struggle writing this letter this morning. I could have done better (the lower curve should stick out a bit more), so I'm going to practice some more when I get home.
Will be in San Francisco teaching in a few days (actually a week) for Type It occurred to me I have some history: many years ago, my very first solo exhibition was at The San Francisco Public Library and title was taken from this piece "Writing Co