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Lois Eisenberg: When cursive was legible and a handshake was binding

Posted: October 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Regarding David M. Shribman’s Oct. 1 commentary, “Shrinking role of handwritten word,” the sad thing is that a legible signature and handwriting are a thing of the past.

More and more, signatures are loopy and child-like in content and cursive handwriting is becoming a lost art.

Legible cursive hand writing is a beauty to behold. It flows in a magical way. The letters are rounded and joined together.

My maternal grandfather, who was a literate man, never put his signature.

on a business contract, and he never required the other person whom he was doing business with to do the same.

His theory was that a hand shake was honorable and binding. They called him “Honest Jake” and he was a very successful businessman and highly respected.

If my grandfather saw the signatures of today, he would be appalled.
and tear up the paper that the signature was written on.

Being the man that he was, he would have felt that today’s signature’s were a mockery. Take your fingers off the computer keyboard and let your fingers hold a pen and see how easy it is to write cursively.

Proper and legible penmanship is a great tool.  


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