Platt Rogers Spencer, 1800-1864. Photograph courtesy of
A reproduction of Theory of Spencerian Penmanship in Nine Easy Lessons
first published in 1874. This reproduction was published by Mott Media in 1985.
Facsimile edition of Number 1 of Spencerian System of Practical Penmanship in
12 Numbers, Four Distinct Series [workbooks] originally published in 1864. This
facsimile edition by Mott Media, 1985.
Examples of Spencerian script are shown on the face of the foregoing publications. Platt Rogers Spencer's own signature provides an ideal example of the style.
Platt Rogers Spencer's signature. Courtesy of Wikipedia images.
Spencer's penmanship style was taught in schools throughout America in the 19th century and into the early 20th. In addition, the availability of his publications gave women who lacked formal schooling the means to develop his penmanship style at home.
The signature of Philena Cooper Hambleton, late in her life, as it appears on her husband's
probate records. Note the capital P, the capital E, and Capital H. Scan of signature
by Lynda Salter Chenoweth.
The name of George E. Hall inscribed on a block in Philena's quilt. Below the name
is written "Phil Co. Pa 1853". Scan of block by Lynda Salter Chenoweth.
(c) Lynda Salter Chenoweth and Mary Holton Robare 2012