We dove into the archives and pulled out James and Hugh Campbell’s childhood penmanship schoolbooks in honor of National Handwriting Day! These books are part of the large collection of historic family documents housed at the Campbell House Museum.
Click the images below to see some snazzy old school penmanship.
“Specimen of Penmanship” book belonging to Hugh Campbell, ca. 1860
“France Granada France Granada France Granada”
“Avon Alexander Avon Alexander Avon Alexander”
“Campbell Campbell Campbell Campbell Campbell”
“Writing Book” belonging to Hugh Campbell, ca. 1860
Detail: Hugh Campbell, St. Louis MO, German Exercises”
German apparently wasn’t Hugh’s strong suit. He ended up using the book for math problems.
“Spencerian System of Practical Penmanship” belonging to James Campbell, ca. 1864
Detail: “Written by James Alexander Campbell”
Page 1, Book 1 of “Spencerian System of Practical Penmanship”
James Campbell mastering the tricky cursive “S”.
James Campbell practicing his “au’s”.
Back cover of “Spencerian System of Practical Penmanship”, ca. 1864