Monday, March 09, 2009

Catholic culture: penmanship...


The good sisters used to teach our kids how to write in a lovely manner. It was an art (and remains an art).

In Italy they still make these wicked old pens of the tempi passati. Yours truly got these for 1.50 euro each and uses them all the time. Homeschooling moms, when you're in Rome get some of these and teach your kids how to write as the nuns taught us!

7 comments:

Bro. Augustine said...

Anyone looking for fine fountain pens and beautiful writing paper in the USA will find a great selection of such items being sold by the Traditional Benedictine monks at Our Lady of Guadalupe monastery in Silver City, NM.

Fr. Jay Toborowsky said...

Can you give us a few of your favorite shops in Rome where we could buy pens? I know of 2 of them across the street from each other just a few steps from the front of the Pantheon. Everything today revolves around the keyboard; there's something about a pen and ink that makes you slow down. Also, because there's no "backspace" with ink, you have to think before you write. Also, I love how the shops have wax seals and little alcohol burners to melt the wax. It's a step back in time.

Paul said...

OK, pens we can get---what is really lacking are the instruction manuals for this sort of penmanship; we can't teach what we don't know! Where can a fellow lay his hands on those?

Martin Bürger said...

@ Paul:

That was also my thought...

Bro. Augustine said...

Paul and Martin,

Angelus Press carries,
Home Instructor in Penmanship, by
F.W. Tamblyn. A classic work in this area.

JPSonnen said...

The pens can be purchased anywhere in Rome (at any cartoleria).

I don't know where to get books on penmanship.

The one in the photo I got in Rome, but it was just an exact 100%reprint of CALLIGRAFIA NELLA SCUOLA E NELL'ARTE (SECONDA EDIZIONE) ANGELO SIGNORELLI EDITORE ROMA from the 1950s.

Smiley said...

I hand write all my Christmas and Easter letters and letters to relatives in a fountain pen. They cost way too much in North America