A recent article I read reminded me of a gift I had received decades ago. A beautiful Monblanc fountain pen. It dismayed me that it had been a while since I used the pen and it took me a while to find it. There it was, tucked in its safe place in a vintage pencil box.
I gave it a careful cleaning, filled the ink chamber, and as they say, “Voila!” I had forgotten, how elegant it felt in my hand and how its smooth flow leaves a trail of sophisticated lines. A few written words has made me anxious to start using it again on a regular basis.
Penmanship has evolved from a fine crafted skill to state of almost non-existence. It is easy to see why letters written, in the 19th and early 20th Century are revered.
Writers took their time and most of all, took pride in what they were doing. They knew that the recipient would be happy to have a letter or note arrive. They in turn patiently waited for a reply. Each person had a hand writing style of their own. Envelopes could identify the writer by penmanship before it was opened.
Fountain pens and note cards should, in my opinion, be a staple in everyone’s desk. Not for show, but to use. To resurrect the art of writing letters by hand.
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