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Handwriting in America : a cultural history

Author: Tamara Plakins Thornton
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tamara Plakins Thornton
ISBN: 0300064772 9780300064773 9780300074413 0300074417
OCLC Number: 34285208
Description: xiv, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The lost world of colonial handwriting --
Men of character, scribbling women: penmanship in Victorian America --
The romance and science of individuality --
Yourself, as in a mirror: graphology in the modern age --
Automatic writing? Learning to write in the twentieth century --
The symbolic functions of obsolescence.
Responsibility: Tamara Plakins Thornton.

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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.

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