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Handwriting in America
A Cultural History

Tamara Plakins Thornton
ISBN 0300074417
Yale University Press, 1996
»Copybooks and the Palmer method, handwriting analysis and autograph collecting - these words conjure up a lost world, in which people looked to handwriting as both a lesson in conformity and a talisman of individuality. In this engaging history, ranging from colonial times to the present, Tamara Plakins Thornton explores the shifting functions and meanings of handwriting in America.
*Professor Thornton's website University at Buffalo History Department
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The American Penman
January 1932, Vol.49, Number Five, page 129

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usa This is the January 1932 issue of The American Penman monthly penmanship magazine (*formerly The Western Penman). The American Penman was published by the Austin Norman ( A. N. ) Palmer Company in New York. Begun in 1884 it was circulated during the golden age of American penmanship and some of the finest penmen were regular contributors. The magazine was devoted to Penmanship and other fields of Business Education.

*The magazine The Western Penman by A.N. Palmer, Cedar Rapids, Iowa was introduced in 1884. In 1906, the magazine's name was changed to The American Penman, continuing in publication until 1938. Read more about Austin Norman Palmer (1860-1927) on

*Read the article Handwriting in America by Tamara Plakins Thornton on UB today (University at Buffalo's online magazine) This article previously appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education [August 15, 1997].

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