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Is Cursive a Lost Art Form


Can Young People Read Cursive

In preparation for sending my Granddaughter a 14 year  birthday card, I called my son to ask if she knew if cursive was a lost art form. I heard that some schools are no longer teaching this writing form and wondered if she knew how to write and read cursive writing.  He thought she would know how.

Normally I would have just printed the note, but I have a fondness for vintage fountain pens and I love how it feels to write with one.  I don’t use them very often, but I also like the look of the writing when I am done, it has an old look with some ink blotches which I think is very cool.  I also love the way the pen has a slight resistance on the paper and it slows you down, allowing time to think about your word choice.  I also wanted to use her Great Grandma Elsie’s Sheaffer inscribed fountain pen which  seemed appropriate.  I wrote out a nice note and sent it in the mail.  (Click here for blog on Note Cards for other Granddaughter story).

I called my Granddaughter on her birthday just to make sure she had received the note and to talk to her directly (seemed better than text although that is her preference).  She said she was very happy with the items I sent, but she shyly confessed she could not read the card.  I said I was sorry, her dad thought she could read cursive, but alas he was mistaken.

Why Does Cursive Exist

I believe cursive was devised for use with feather quill pens to keep the ink flowing and have less scratching on the paper.  Later as the pens improved, cursive was just faster and flowed easier up to through the days of the fountain pens.  Fountain pens were replaced with ball point pens and flow of ink was no longer a problem because it stopped flowing when the pen was lifted off the paper. This was probably around the 1960’s, so cursive was quite useful up until that time.

Why is it Still Important

I suppose it is of limited value to care about the loss of a vintage writing form.  It doesn’t seem to matter what style writing one uses if it is not legible.  Proper penmanship has many more advantages than just being able to sign your name.

  • Hand Eye coordination
  • Discipline
  • Creativity (see beautiful Calligraphy examples)
  • Sense of pride
  • Reading old letters and documents

Hope Still Exists

Is cursive a lost art form?  I don’t think cursive is gone forever.  I think it is such a creative writing form it will continue to exist.  I hope my Granddaughter will become more familiar with the writing style because she is a creative and would find it great fun to be able to stylize her documents.  I am thinking she might find it a lot more fun if she had a fountain pen to write with (maybe on her 15 Th birthday) of course that would compete with driver’s training (Oh Well).

Is Cursive a lost art form?  Please share your opinions in the comment section below.  


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