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Re: [Rollei] Obsolete skills (was Why the 6-element lens for 3.5Fs)
On 5 May 2003, at 18:16, Don Williams wrote:
>At 02:54 PM 5/5/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>> For a while I went to a private grammar school where we
>>were taught Palmer Method long hand. I think this was
>>intended to leave you able to write a nice sort of copper
>>plate hand. We did hours of practice drawing coils going in
>>both directions, interlocked figure eight's, etc, etc.
>> I would love to be able to write in a beautiful and
>>readable hand but have given up on ever getting my muscles
>>trained for it.
>>Los Angeles, CA, USA
>Same experience. Can't even read anything I wrote more than a couple of
>minutes ago. I couldn't make circles without the pen sticking into the
>paper. Also, for some reason I didn't always write with my circles
>touching the line. The teacher thought I had a vision problem.
>La Jolla, CA
The palmer method was aimed at producing an elegant
copperplate. just fine for writing polite invitations on visiting cards in
accordance with Emily Posts guidelines.
I started out with this and by age fifteen my high school teachers
decided that I probably wouldn't graduate because no one could
read my exam scripts.
The solution was to learn italic handwriting, a style of script
developed for speed and clarity when the only way to copy a book
was by hand and people spent all day doing just that. To do this I
used a series of 10 handwriting cards published by the dryad press
and written by Alfred Fairbank.
It didn't take long to change. Half hour of practice a day for ten
days transformed my handwriting from a totally illegible scrawl to a
very workable high speed hand which stood me in good stead when
it came to tacking notes in college. The dryad press is, I think,
gone and I know of no one publishing the cards, however there is a
book by Alfred Fairbank "A handwriting manual" which covers the
same ground though in a less compact form. This went through
many editions and should be available second-hand. You don't
want calligraphy. You want the italic script as a piece of highly
optimised medieval technology aimed at speed and legibility.
All the best