July 23, 2013
“Gaze upon this and feel ashamed of thine own handwriting”. This is a page from a 12 year old schoolboys handwriting exercise book dated 1874.
I bought the book at an antiques fair recently. Inside the front cover it’s signed by William Aylemore, age 12, Bosham, Sussex.
Of course this is not the written in the Italic hand, this style is referred to as Copperplate and is very difficult to execute unless you spend many hours practising it. It is virtually useless for fast letter writing.
This was the style of writing taught in the schools at that time. When I say schools I mean the ones for the moneyed class who could afford to pay for their children’s education, whilst the working class children only had the basics taught to them so they usually left school at 9 – 12yrs old and couldn’t even read or write.
The general opinion is that Copperplate was the standard form of handwriting in Victoran Britain, but just take a look at the the picture on the right. Queen Victoria’s handwriting.
guyana gyal on July 29th, 2013 at 7:06 pm #
Hellooo! When you’re Queen [or a doctor] you can write anyway you like!
I wonder if grammar’s changed, if back then it was correct to say, ‘We are waiting a long time…’
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