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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Getting Started with the Oblique Pointed Pen
Copperplate/Engrossers Script
Historical IAMPETH Publications
Ornamental Penmanship Broad-pen Lettering Styles
Needle Stitch Script
Spencerian Script
Cursive Handwriting
Guide Sheets
Flourishing
Spencerian Ladies Hand
The Business Educator
Signature Writing
Tips on Nibs
About Inks

SELECTION OF THE TOPICS

Getting Started with the Oblique Pointed Pen
Comparison of the different styles of Pointed Pen Scripts, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Styles of Script, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Demystifying the Oblique Penholder, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
The Point and when to change it, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Adjusting Your Premium Oblique Penholder, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Getting Started in Script, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Setting and Stabilizing the Removable Flange, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Demystifying the Copperplate/Spencerian Script Enigma, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Build Yourself an Oblique Pencil, Bob Hurford*
Adjusting the Angle of Your Paper, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
How to Properly Hold the Oblique Pen, by Don and Ron Tate
A Question of Practice, essay by Dr. Joseph M. Vitolo on the fundamentals of practicing script
Video Adjusting your Pen and Paper, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Before We Get Started, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Adjusting the flange on your Oblique Penholder, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Preparing the flange on your Penholder, Dr. Joe Vitolo

Tips on Nibs
A Look at Fine & Flexible Nibs, Bob Hurford*
A Look at Fine & Not-So-Flexible Nibs, Bob Hurford*
Choosing the Right Nib, Bob Hurford*
Crow Quill Pens, Bob Hurford*
Nibs for Monoline Writing, Bob Hurford*
When A Good Nib is Too Big for the Penholder, Bob Hurford*
Leornardt's Principal is the New Principality, Bob Hurford*

About Inks
Regarding Iron Gall Ink, Brian G. Walker
Hints & Tips on Ziller Inks, Richard and Vivian Mungall
Freshening Up Iron Gall Type Inks, Dr. Joe Vitolo*

Spencerian Script EXAMPLE
Spencer's New Standard Writing, Spencer Brothers, 1884
Practical Penmanship, Spencer Brothers, 1885
Spencerian Ladies' Hand
Spencerian Script, taken from Real Penwork, 1881
Principles of Spencerian Script, Seldom Dunton, 1863
Henry Cadam Letter, a beautiful sample of writing
Letter to Henry Cadam, another beautiful sample
Gaskell's Compendium of Forms (the section on Writing), G.A. Gaskell, 1883

Spencerian Ladies Hand
Spencerian Ladies Hand exemplar 1
Spencerian Ladies Hand exemplar 2

Ornamental Penmanship EXAMPLE
Ninety-five Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship, C.W. Jones , 1914
Lessons in Dashy Writing, F.B. Courtney
Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship, P.Z. Bloser and E.A. Lupfer
ADOBE PDF Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship, C.P. Zaner, 1920
Exemplar, C.P. Zaner
Exemplar, H.P. Behrensmeyer
Exemplar, L.P. Spencer and H.W. Flickinger
Ornamental Capitals, Mary Champion

Del Tysdal's Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship
Del Tysdal was a student of W.C. Brownfield, who was Louis Madarasz' last student. Del has shared with us these lessons on how to do Ornamental Penmanship the way the old Masters did it. Thank you Del. (Thanks to Dr. Joe Vitolo for compiling the posts and creating the pdf files.)
Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship
Video Del Tysdal demonstrates OP technique
Analysis of SJW signature in D. Tysdal video, Dr. Joe Vitolo

Signature Writing EXAMPLE
Signature writing is a unique specialty of Ornamental Penmanship. Characterized by elaborate flourishes and joined capitals, it is an artform all its own.
Ornamental Penmanship Signatures, C.P. Zaner, taken from Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship, 1920
F.B. Courtney Scrapbook, F.B. Courtney, courtesy of Bob Hurford

Del Tysdal's OP Signatures
This is a series of posts and photos by Del on how to do signatures in Ornamental Penmanship. These were posted to the Ornamental_Penmanship Yahoo Group during March-April 2006
Instructional Posts on OP Signatures*
Photographs of Signatures

Cursive Handwriting EXAMPLE
Palmer Method of Business Writing, A.N. Palmer Company, 1935
Gaskell's Business Hand, G.A. Gaskell
Palmer's Penmanship Budget, A.N. Palmer, 1919
Lessons in Practical Penmanship, H.P. Behrensmeyer
A Complete Compendium of Plain Practical Penmanship, L.M. Kelchner, 1901
Self-Instruction in Modern Writing, A.N. Palmer
Exemplar-Capitals, E.W. Bloser
Exemplar-Capitals, A.D. Taylor
Ames' Guide to Self-Instruction in Practical and Artistic Penmanship, Daniel T. Ames, Author and Pulisher, 1884
Champion Method of Practical Business Writing, Mary L. Champion
10 Pages of Writing, Transcribed text document J.J. Bailey

Video Please see this video clip on how to use the Guidelines, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Fundamentals of Script in the Copperplate Style
Video The Fundamental Oval Form, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video The 'Retouched' Cutoff, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video The Fundamental 'i', Dr. Joe Vitolo
Illustration for The Fundamental 'i', Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video The Fundamental 'v', Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video The Compound Curve, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video The Square Cutoff, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Fundamental Concepts: Drawing versus Writing, Dr. Joe Vitolo

Script in the Copperplate Style: Lowercase Letters
Video Lowercase Letters Group I, Part 1 of 3, c,e,o,s, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group I, Part 2 of 3, a,d, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group I, Part 3 of 3, g,q, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group II, Part 1 of 3, i,u,w, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group II, Part 2 of 3, j,l,t, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group II, Part 3 of 3, f,k, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group II, Supplement, The Double ll, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group III, Part 1 of 2, v,x, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group III, Part 2 of 2, r,m,n, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group IV, Part 1 of 2, b,h,y, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group IV, Part 2 of 2, p,z, Dr. Joe Vitolo

Script in the Copperplate Style: Uppercase Letters
Video Uppercase Letters: Guideline Usage, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video A Sample of Uppercase Letters: A, O, J, Z, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters F,T, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters, B,P,R, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters, U,X,Y, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters, D, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters, O,Q, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters, E, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters, C, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters, G,L,S, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters, H,K, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters, V,W, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters, Z, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters, I,J, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters, A,M,N, Dr. Joe Vitolo

Advanced Concepts
Video Gilded Script Using 23K Gold Leaf, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video The Oblique Pencil, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Writing LARGE Letters, Capital B, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video The Symmetry of Curves, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Fishhook Capitals, Dr. Joe Vitolo

Tips on Engrossers Script, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
The Descender Stem Loop and Baseline Crossing, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
The Oval and Compound Curves, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
The Symmetry of Curves, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
The Leaning Tower of 'E', Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Letterform Analysis: The Key of 'D', Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Letterform Analysis: The Fundamental Oval, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
The Slant on the Story of N, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Lessons in Script: Introduction, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Lessons in Script: Fundamental Forms, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Seeing Ovals in the Hairline/Shade Transitions, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
A Question of Practice, essay by Dr. Joseph M. Vitolo on the fundamentals of practicing script

Guide sheets
55 degree slant, linespacing from 3mm to 8mm - A4 size (Adobe pdf file)
55 degree slant, linespacing from 3mm to 8mm - Letter size (Adobe pdf file)
Cursive Guidesheet #1 - 52 degree slant, 2.4 mm x-height by Achim
Cursive Guidesheet #2 - 52 degree slant, 3 mm x-height by Achim

The Business Educator
This Zaner-Bloser publication dedicated to penmanship and the pen arts began in 1895 and would undergo several name changes over the next half century. These titles included (from earliest to latest) 'The Zanerian Exponent', 'The Penman and Artist and Business Educator', 'The Business Educator' and finally 'The Educator'. Regular publication ended 1949; however, special editions were released well after 1949.
E.L. Brown Edition, The Educator, December 1953
E.A. Lupfer Edition, The Educator, October 1948
H.P. Behrensmeyer Edition, The Educator, June 1948
Louis Madarasz Edition, The Business Educator, February 1911
H.W. Flickinger Edition, The Business Educator, April 1924
Historical IAMPETH Publications

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