Horace W. Shaylor, a native of Ohio, settled in Portland and turned his focus to handwriting, developing several unique books of handwriting instruction. He also was a talented artist.
John Y. Merrill of Leeds (1823-1898) made terse entries in diaries he kept for 11 years. His few words still provide a glimpse into the life of a mid 18th century farmer, who also made shoes, quarried stone, moved barns, made healing salves -- and was active in civic affairs.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is best know as a poet, but he also was accomplished in drawing and music. He shared his love of drawing with most of his siblings. They all shared the frequent activity of drawing and painting with their children. The extended family included many professional as well as amateur artists, and several architects.
"L. W. Titcomb, Farmington, Me." penciled on the last page. Book published by Wilson, Hinkle and Company, Cincinnati, 1870 View additional…
… Clover Cottage home, drawing small and detailed pencil sketches, or in the constant typewritten discourse about Asticou that he created, Charles…
These had many benefits that the slates did not have. For example, slate pencils were very wide, which made it hard to write neatly and quickly.