Parsons on Penmanship

Parsons on Penmanship


Parsons on Penmanship Parsons and His College Founded by William F. Parsons, the Kalamazoo Business College and Telegraphic Institute, located at Michigan and Burdick (later the site of the First National Bank), opened on December 9, 1869. The school was purchased by Davenport in 1956 and became our Kalamazoo branch. Postcard showing a class at Parsons’ College Every day applications are coming in for good stenographers. Parsons’ college is the school to attend if you wish a position. Parsons’ Publication In 1882, Parsons published a book entitled Parsons’ Hand-Book of Forms: A Compendium of Business and Social Rules, and a Complete Work of Reference and Self-Instruction, with Illustrations. It contained sections on everything from penmanship to commercial law to proper etiquette for railroad travel to the alphabet for the “deaf and dumb”. It was reprinted the following year as well as in 1885, 1902 and 1909-10. The preface to Parsons’ Hand Book of Business and Social Forms Pages 17 and 61 from Parsons’ Hand Book of Business and Social Forms Proper Posture for Penmanship The Gutenberg printing press was invented in 1450 and penmanship schools became common in the 1700s. Professional scribes were in demand for a wide variety of jobs. The early 1900s saw a number of efforts to standardize penmanship, including Parsons’. Here Parsons includes instruction on the correct posture for writing. Penmanship Exercises A Sample Invitation Flourishing Exercises for Flourishing Pretty Penmanship Pieces Practical and Ornamental Penmanship Taught and Practiced by W. F. Parsons Rustic Alphabet Is Penmanship a Dying Art? Join the debate: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/04/30/should-schools-require-children-to-learn-cursive/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130501 Credits Jennifer Morrison, Davenport University Archivist; Slideshow prepared by Rachel Zaagman Davenport University Archives
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