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  • Robert Closson Spencer (1829 - 1916)
    Robert Closson SpencerLearn about sponsoring this memorial... Birth: Jun. 22, 1829 East Ashtabula Ashtabula County Ohio, USA Death: Jan. 10, 1916 Milwaukee Milwaukee County Wisconsin, USABusiness edu...
  • Lyman Potter Spencer (1840 - 1915)
    Learn about upgrading this memorial... Birth: 1840 Ohio, USA Death: Jun., 1915 Sunbury Northumberland County Pennsylvania, USANewark (NJ) Sunday Call 15 Jun 1913Mr. and Mrs. Lyman P Spencer, who for ...
  • Sarah Louisa Sloan (1832 - d.)
    Sara Louisa Spencer was born on December 17, 1832. She was the eldest daughter and in the 1850's became her father's teaching assistant at Jericho. She also taught in the first Spencerian College and a...
  • Elmer Ward Bloser (1865 - 1929)
    Elmer Bloser was born on November 6, 1865. As a boy he made up writing inks and sold writing supplies to neighboring children who were interested in learning how to write. At age 17 he left home to ent...
    Platt Rogers Spencer (1800 - 1864)
    Platt Rogers Spencer (also Platt R. Spencer) was born in East Fishkill, New York, on November 7, 1800, and died in Geneva, Ohio, on May 16, 1864. Spencer is credited as being the originator of Spenceri...

Penmanship and Calligraphy is found in all cultures and languages.

This project is for those who were influential and key in developing Penmanship and Calligraphy. This project does not have to be limited to English speakers or writers. History has always needed record keepers, or scribes so to speak. If you want to join the project to add profiles you think should be recognized as important figures to this subject please request to join. Also, We can rework the name of the project to include a larger scope.

One such influential person in the United States of America was Platt Rogers Spencer (also Platt R. Spencer) (November 7, 1800 – May 16, 1864) was the originator of Spencerian penmanship, a popular system of cursive handwriting. He was a teacher and active in the business school movement

Spencerian script From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Spencerian penmanship) Enduring example, twenty years after Platt Rogers Spencer's death, of Spencerian script from 1884 The Coca-Cola logo was first published in the late 19th century and contains only characters from the Spencerian Script. P. R. Spencer's book, published 1866

Spencerian Script is a script style that was used in the United States from approximately 1850 to 1925[1] and was considered the American de facto standard writing style for business correspondence prior to the widespread adoption of the typewriter.

Platt Rogers Spencer, whose name the style bears, used various existing scripts as inspiration to develop a unique oval-based penmanship style that could be written very quickly and legibly to aid in matters of business correspondence as well as elegant personal letter-writing.

Spencerian Script was developed in 1840, and began soon after to be taught in the school Spencer established specifically for that purpose. He quickly turned out graduates who left his school to start replicas of it abroad, and Spencerian Script thus began to reach the common schools. Spencer never saw the great success that his penmanship style enjoyed because he died in 1864, but his sons took upon themselves the mission of bringing their late father's dream to fruition.

This they did by distributing Spencer's previously unpublished book, Spencerian Key to Practical Penmanship, in 1866. Spencerian Script became the standard across the United States and remained so until the 1920s when the spreading popularity of the typewriter rendered its use as a prime method of business communication obsolete.

It was gradually replaced in primary schools with the simpler Palmer Method developed by Austin Norman Palmer.

The text in Ford Motor Company's logo is written in this style, as is the Coca-Cola logo.

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