Happy National Handwriting Day!

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Today is National Handwriting Day, at least here in the US, though I don’t think too many people celebrate it with as much fanfare and enthusiasm as I do.

The date of January 23 was selected because it is also the birthday of John Hancock, best known for his legible-but-large signature on the US Declaration of Independence. So, in spite of continued cutbacks in funding for teaching handwriting in schools in the US, I still want to recognize the day with much fanfare and ballyhoo.

I went in search of handwritten examples of Handwriting Day enthusiasm and found some fun examples from friends old and new. I also enlisted the help of some of my more talented co-workers.

Actual handwriting from Hallmark lettering artist Sarah Cole

Actual handwriting from Hallmark lettering artist Sarah Cole

Handdrawn lettering by Hallmark designer/illustrator Lauren Schimming

Hand drawn lettering by Hallmark designer/illustrator Lauren Schimming

Hand written by Madeline Tompkins of TagTeam Tompkins

Hand written by Madeline Tompkins of TagTeam Tompkins

From Thee Blog from 2012

From Thee Blog from 2012

photo by Ivan Romero

photo by Ivan Romero

photo by Kyle Steed

photo by Kyle Steed

According to WTVY in Dothan, AL it is also Pie Day (according to the Pie Council — who knew we even had one) and Measure Your Feet Day. Now you know.