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Shaylor the Penman

Vertical writing practice sentences, ca. 1900

Vertical writing practice sentences, ca. 1900

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Maine Historical Society

Shaylor’s penmanship classifies letters into groups; each group has its own individual set of rules.

For example, Shaylor gives small letters (lowercase) three groupings: short letters, short extended letters, and extended or loop letters.

Short letters are written between base and headlines: i, u, w, n, m, v, x, o, a, e, c, r, s.

Short extended letters are extended to more than one space, but don't reach the height of capital letters: t, d, p, q.

Extended or loop letters are the remaining letters of the alphabet or letters that extended three or more spaces in length: h, k, l, b, f, j, y, g, z.


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