Monday, January 23rd, 2012

National Handwriting Day Today!

Stephanie

National Handwriting Day was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association  in 1977 to promote the consumption of pens, pencils, and writing paper. January 23rd was chosen because it is the birthday of John Hancock- the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

In this modern age of computers, I love how so many people continue to joyously express themselves through paper and their choice of a manual writing device. Oh happy day to paper & pens & pencils!


8 thoughts on “National Handwriting Day Today!

  1. Thanks for reminding people about this important day. I’m celebrating all year. :)

    During 2013, I am composing one handwritten letter per day and mailing it to anybody who asks, free. Two of my goals are to bring handwriting back into the world, and to connect people in this all-but-lost way.

    In less than three weeks — thank you, Internet — the Letter A Day project has reached 26 states in the U.S., plus Canada, Denmark, Australia, Finland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, India, Germany, Malaysia and South Africa.

    Requests are still tumbling in from territories all over, but there’s room for more. Should I end up with more than 365 requests by the end of the year, I’ll just keep going.

    Each recipient gets an original, somewhat newsy, most likely meandering but sincere letter, such as he or she might once upon a time have gotten from a friend or relative.

    If you or any of your friends … I hope you tell your readers, too … would like a letter, please visit my website (www.randyosborne.com) — where I am not trying to sell anything, as you’ll see, just keeping the requests in one place — and scroll to the “email me” button at the bottom of the page. Send me your postal address. That’s all you have to do. :) And please spread the word.

    There’s also a Facebook page, public to Facebook users:

    https://www.facebook.com/narrative.urge

    Cheers!

  2. Thanks for reminding people about this important day. I’m celebrating all year. :)

    During 2013, I am composing one handwritten letter per day and mailing it to anybody who asks, free. Two of my goals are to bring handwriting back into the world, and to connect people in this all-but-lost way.

    In less than three weeks — thank you, Internet — the Letter A Day project has reached 26 states in the U.S., plus Canada, Denmark, Australia, Finland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, India, Germany, Malaysia and South Africa.

    Requests are still tumbling in from territories all over, but there’s room for more. Should I end up with more than 365 requests by the end of the year, I’ll just keep going.

    Each recipient gets an original, somewhat newsy, most likely meandering but sincere letter, such as he or she might once upon a time have gotten from a friend or relative.

    If you or any of your friends … I hope you tell your readers, too … would like a letter, please visit my website (www.randyosborne.com) — where I am not trying to sell anything, as you’ll see, just keeping the requests in one place — and scroll to the “email me” button at the bottom of the page. Send me your postal address. That’s all you have to do. :) And please spread the word.

    There’s also a Facebook page, public to Facebook users:

    https://www.facebook.com/narrative.urge

    Cheers!

  3. YES!! Linus had his security blanket…I have my slim pouch of pens/pencils and a LeCarre. My friend at work teases me about walking around with it…oh he who has an Ipad/Iphone within reach. :) Long live the simple pleasure of ruminating in ink on a spacious page…

  4. YES!! Linus had his security blanket…I have my slim pouch of pens/pencils and a LeCarre. My friend at work teases me about walking around with it…oh he who has an Ipad/Iphone within reach. :) Long live the simple pleasure of ruminating in ink on a spacious page…

  5. Just think – John Hancock had gorgeous handwriting using a scratchy quill. Can you imagine what it would have looked like if he could have used a Mont Blanc or some other high end fountain pen. The one person whose handwriting I coveted most has long since passed away, but I’ll always remember the beautiful notes he wrote me in college. It’s a shame handwriting isn’t treasured more than it is. It really is an art form.

  6. Just think – John Hancock had gorgeous handwriting using a scratchy quill. Can you imagine what it would have looked like if he could have used a Mont Blanc or some other high end fountain pen. The one person whose handwriting I coveted most has long since passed away, but I’ll always remember the beautiful notes he wrote me in college. It’s a shame handwriting isn’t treasured more than it is. It really is an art form.

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