This Tombstone Is Unique. Do You Know Why?
The Penmanship of Platt Rogers Spencer
Why is it that when we see an old postcard people remark that the handwriting is so beautiful? The graceful penmanship all looks similar because millions of people in the mid-nineteenth and up to the early twentieth century were taught a single method of handwriting.
This calligraphy type of writing was invented by Platt Rogers Spencer and called the Spencerian style and method of penmanship.
Spencer’s unique tombstone at Evergreen cemetery in Geneva, OH is the first grave marker to display the cursive handwriting that he developed and popularized.
Platt Rogers Spencer was the youngest of a family of ten children. He was born November 7, 1800, in East Fishkill, New York. He lived there and in Windham, N. Y., until he was nine years old, when he moved with his widowed mother and family to Jefferson, Ohio, which was then wilderness country.
There, Spencer developed his love of writing and devoted his life to the art of penmanship. Continue reading