• J.M. Bergling and the Golden Age of Penmanship, Part 5

    29 days ago - By Gurney Journey

    These technological changes encouraged the growth of extravagant drawing-based alphabets, such as “Rustic” and “Leaf Cipher-Letters.” Highly embellished initial capitals can be hand drawn with a pen or brush using inks of various colors or tinted shades. Some of the ornamental initial alphabets are presented with a variety of stylistic treatments, such as the “Ornamented French Script” or the “Ornamental Initials.”
    “Old English” remains the standard for formal settings, such as diplomas, but it is difficult to execute well, especially if speed is required. It succeeds best with a steady...
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