Wednesday, January 23, 2013

National Handwriting Day

Today, 23 January 2013 is National Handwriting Day.  This day is meant to honor the birthday of John Hancock.  John Hancock, as nearly everyone knows, possesses one of the most famous signatures on the Declaration of Independence.  His signature is the original john hancock.  This day is also meant to highlight the notion that hand writing nearly anything is a lost art.  

Years from now, people will wonder who John Hancock was and will only be able to imagine the skill involved in hand writing anything at all.  


Anonymous said...

This post caused me to recall the rumors I've been hearing that children will no longer be required to learn to write in cursive in public schools. This makes one ask some questions such as "How would you sign a contract on the signature line?" If true, this does not bode well for future John Hancocks.

Anonymous said...

If something has to fall off the plate for new knowledge/skills I would concur with scuttling 'cursive'. Reflect back on what a time sink it really was back then ... for a marginally useful skill in this day and age ... fair winds.

On the other hand, as I sit here hunting and pecking, I think it wise that 'key boarding' is taught in elementary school. Producing a generation of 10 year old touch typists is a far better use of precious edu-time.

Your BPT shipmate said...

It's also national pie day: check out for details (not to be confused with national pi day...which takes place on March 14: check out I'm much better at meeting the national average of eating 6 pieces of pie per year than I could ever hope to be at writing in elegant cursive...

I've marveled at your handwriting for almost 30 years...while I lamented the agony of "penmanship" grades through 7th grade. Google 'fontcapture" and check out the results at you can turn your handwriting into a font for your 'puter.

Jack Meis said...


Your post is very nice and so much informative, thanks for give us this great information about handwriting and John Hancock.

Thanks for Post.