Basically, calligraphy means beautiful penmanship or handwriting in general. In my last blog, “Turn Hobbies Into Jobs”, I said that I would talk about the need for, and history of, writing.

From the beginning of time, people have tried to record what matters in their lives. Cavemen painted pictorial images on the walls of their cave homes as a legacy for their descendants. About 3,500 B.C., the Egyptians created hieroglyphics. Symbols were carved inside tombs or painted on papyrus paper. Fast forward to 3,100 B.C., the Sumerians of Mesopotamia developed pictograms, some of which have evolved into the common symbols that we use today, such as @, #, $, %, & and +. The Assyrians and Babylonians adapted them for their own use. Around 1,200 B.C, the Phoenicians, whose lands & maritime trading routes followed the coast of modern Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, developed symbols or letters, forming the basis of the Hebrew alphabet. The Phoenician alphabet spread to North Africa and Europe, where it was adopted by the Greeks and Etruscans. (Incidentally, you have a just received a free, very-condensed history of the evolution of writing lesson that in detailed form would qualify you for a university degree).

By 850 B.C., the Romans further adapted it for Latin. In the Middle Ages, calligraphy was used by Christian monks in European churches to “scribe” religious texts into decorative books. By the mid-15th century, the Gutenberg Printing Press enabled faster printing of bibles but handwriting skills were still in high demand for letters. In the marketing literature I used to set up and publicize my business, I wrote that if I had lived 3,500 years ago, I would have been a scribe. In a way, I am still a scribe because people come to me to write and present the words they cannot. Calligraphy is still used on traditional, formal wedding stationery. It is very beautiful and is a developed skill. There are “how to” books and clubs for people who value beautiful handwriting. Perhaps you may want to start a Calligraphy Business? I am going to try.

The point I want to make is that handwriting is important and is a reflection of you on paper.

More on turning hobbies into jobs will be coming. I hope you will look for them.


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