ATG Quirkies: When Handwriting Really Mattered

handwritingHistorian Tamara Thornton wants you to “imagine a world in which the font you use is chosen for you, based entirely on your demographic affiliations. All doctors write in Garamond, while designers are mandated Futura Bold. Middle-aged men get Arial; women, Helvetica. Goofy aunts must use Comic Sans. 

Seem strange? A few centuries ago, that was just how things worked” when “penmanship was basically a secret code”, as Ms. Thornton tells us in her book Handwriting in America: A Cultural History.  

But there is a whole lot more to the story than that, so feel free to check out “The Hidden Messages of Colonial Handwriting” on the Atlas Obscura website.

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)

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