Sunday, March 4, 2012

Is it dead?...

The old Osmiroid waiting for a practice session.
Wow, it was one of my favorite times of the 4th grade day with Mrs. Alongti.  Do they do it in school anymore...you know, sit and practice 'penmanship?'  Probably not.  After all, now we (and the kiddies) all have computers and IPADS and texting and who-knows-what.  I imagine it's gone by the wayside just like handwritten thank you notes or handwritten letters or handwritten grocery lists even.

A Mont Blanc fountain pen...one of two...gifted to me by a former boss.
And what about fountain pens? One of my biggest thrills was getting a fountain pen and just writing my name over and over and over.  What can I say, I’m easy to please.   But, there was something very 'grownup' about using a fountain pen.  The thrill was gone when that pen leaked all over everything.  But, that didn’t stop me…I couldn’t help myself when I learned about calligraphy.  I must have almost every style of nib out there…well, at least every style that was in style 10 years ago. Even that changed from using standard calligraphy pens to felt tip calligraphy markers. I hated that change. It took all the romance out of calligraphy.

Even the exterior of some fountain pens are beautiful.

Eureka!   That’s it!   Penmanship, calligraphy, the handwritten note…all romantic!   Is it dead?
You know, romance…is it dead?   God, I hope not! I’m still waiting for it.

Calligraphy 101

24 comments:

  1. We still hand write our grocery list. :-)) I loved penmanship too!

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  2. Beautiful photos. I don't know how to write long hand anymore beyond my grocery list :(

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  3. Beautiful macros, love the last one! They are no longer teaching cursive writing in the schools here in Canada :(

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  4. Beautiful photos.
    I loved penmanship, too.

    Regards and best wishes

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  5. I love fountain pens. I love the feel of them, how a good ink runs along great paper. Yes, I tend to type everything out now, but love beautiful penmanship.
    Gorgeous photos, Helene!

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  6. Lovely, Helene, and I do remember shopping for those gorgeous pens at Ben Franklins.

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  7. I never had such fancy nibs on my calligraphy pens! I still like to write with a good pen - if it does not flow easily, I can't be bothered to even write neatly. Which means I often cannot read my writing. How sad is that?

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    1. We are all in a hurry so I think we tend to type everything. And this can be sooooo dangerous. At least when we write something out, we are more prone to give it a second thought before sending. That 'send' button can be a killer! LOL

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  8. your photos are exquisite...I too love fountain pens...the look of the letters is more artistic than writing with anything else...and you are probably right...I doubt they teach penmanship anymore!

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  9. What a fantastic collection of pen/ink/writing photos, Helene.

    I read somewhere that they don't teach cursive writing in schools anymore. So how do these kids sign their names, for heaven's sake?

    Thank you for sharing at Your Sunday Best. :)

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  10. Beautiful shots! Sad to say, I don't see a lot of good penmanship in the middle school. I do miss paper and pen at times. I still do all my rough drafts by hand rather than computer.

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  11. Such beautiful photos .. I wish my handwriting was decent .. I'll use my 'I'm a leftie' excuse

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  12. I agree, is penmanship dead? I hope not! Beautiful pics

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  13. Helene... oh my gosh! You have no idea how marvelous these photos are! I am a calligrapher too! Albeit, not much of a one these days... just no time, and calligraphy is a slow art. And a Mont Blanc! Wow!!! I have some Osmiroids, but mostly I use Esterbrooks from the 1940s and 1950s because all of my oldest Osmiroid nibs will fit them... you've made my day! Thank you for sharing on 'Weekly Top Shot.' I hope you'll come share again next week...

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    1. I haven't really sat down to practice in quite sometime but it is definitely on my list of 'things I want to do.' It's a lost art but I find it relaxing and creative. That Mont Blanc pen is one of two that he left for me when he left the company I work for. I was thrilled! Oh so glad you enjoyed this! Keep smiling!

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  14. Wow, great post... I used to love finding new pens, most were ballpoint in my case. MontBlanc... I always wanted one of those, just a bit too expensive for wallet. I even dabbled in calligraphy a bit way back in the last century... OMG!

    Fabulous photos, absolutely LOVE "Calligraphy 101" great composition and focus!

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  15. UAU....ME HA ENCANTADO TU BLOG....UN SALUDO.-

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  16. PS -- I used a tilt shift filter post-processing on the barn charm shot -- used pixlr.com to edit.

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  17. I remember taking calligraphy when I was young. We used those felt tip markers. My handwriting still looks like it was done on a roller coaster though. Great DOF and angles on these photos.

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  18. What a great post! Loved the photos of that beautiful pen. It's funny that you wrote about this because just the other day I was on the hunt for a fountain pen. They are very difficult to find anymore without paying $50 for one. I remember when they were as common as ballpoint pens and I used them for homework a lot. Your post jogged my memory of an old fountain pen of my parents that I had. I wonder where it went?

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  19. Beautiful and moving post. Love your photos, right down to the reflection of red on the last nib - very fitting.

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  20. Wow! Your photos make me want to give calligraphy a try. Inspiring photos.

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  21. lovely "old school" imagery. :o)

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