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20 Nostalgic Quotes About the Loss of Handwritten Letters

Updated on May 28, 2018
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MsDora, seven-year online writer, shares poetry, creative writing, quotes and reflections on how writing and writers influence our lives.

Preface

The American National Handwriting Day established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturer's Association (WIMA) is celebrated on John Hancock's birthday (January 23). Individuals are encouraged to display their creativity by using a pen or pencil to write a letter, a poem, a note, or even a journal entry to emphasize the importance of handwriting, and explore its "purity and power." Who could have imagined seventy years ago, that handwriting would be on the endangered list?

Hancock, first and third governor of Massachusetts is remembered for his large, bold, stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence.
Hancock, first and third governor of Massachusetts is remembered for his large, bold, stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence. | Source

Handwritten letters are already extinct to those whose younger relatives and friends communicate only by texts and emails. Not only are the modern people not wanting to write; when they write, they do not care to write well. This is contrary to the pride of students in previous generations who tried to excel in the handwriting skill especially for their love letters.

Here are some heartfelt expressions for those who experience intense nostalgia at the memory of handwritten letters.

The Advantage of Handwriting Over E-Mails

(1) Though computers and e-mail play an important role in our lives, nothing will ever replace the sincerity and individualism expressed through the handwritten word. - (David H. Baker, Executive Director of WIMA)

(2) There is a difference between a page of hand-written text and a print out from a word processor. A trained eye can tell who wrote one, while the other might have been created by anyone. (Matt Maszczak, The Writing Cooperative)

(3) One of my favorite things about handwritten letters is that you can keep them for however long you want, and revisit them at any time. A screenshot of a sweet text doesn't quite measure up. (Lauren Beasley, Odyssey)

Note by Gabriele Hamilton
Note by Gabriele Hamilton | Source

(4) Handwritten letters allow us an opportunity to pause. Due to a lag in delivery time, they might also force us to consider the shelf life of what we write . . . And their tangibility lends them a sense of permanence. (Maddie Crum, Huffpost)

(5) Texting and email are mostly reactionary. You need information, so you reach out. Writing letters is much more deliberate. You do it to give, not to receive. (Kyle Young, Lifehack).

(6) There’s something sacred [and romantic, in the broadest sense] about communicating in the way generations before us once did. . . It’s how grandma and grandpa kept their love alive during wartime . . . Computers can never take the place of this kind of sentimental history. (Alena Hall, Huffpost)

(7) In our throwaway era of quick phone calls, faxes, and email, it's all too easy never to find the time to write letters. That's a great pity--for historians and the rest of us. (Nancy Reagan, The Letters)

(8) Emails and texts act like the middleman between the author and recipient, technology even dictates your words by guessing them and filling them in for you. The pen, however, begs to be enslaved; it needs to belong to you. . .When someone sends you a handwritten letter, you receive a part of who they are. (Kiran Sidhu, The Guardian)

(9) While typing can be mindless, studies show that writing integrates three brain processes: visual, motor and cognitive skills. You see the paper and your words, you use your fine motor skills to form the words, and you stimulate your brain to remember the shapes of each letter as you write. It’s exercise for the brain. (Jacqueline Whitmore, Entrepreneur)

(10) No emailed message or attached Word document — no matter how heartfelt or well-composed — compares with a letter . . . validated by an official postmark that adds the important context of date and place. . . Finding and reading handwritten letters from nearly 100 years ago is perhaps the closest thing we have to a time machine. (Editorial, Valley News)

Hand written Letter of Recognition for World War 1 POW from King George V 1918 sent to Lance Corporal James Cordingley. Photo by Lizdcastro
Hand written Letter of Recognition for World War 1 POW from King George V 1918 sent to Lance Corporal James Cordingley. Photo by Lizdcastro | Source

The Pleasure of Handwritten Letters

(1) Writing to someone, taking the time to craft each letter, to buy a stamp, to select an envelope, to travel to the post office—none of this goes unnoticed. A letter, before the content is even read, has already said, “I care about you. You’re someone special.” And that is a message that all enjoy. (Wesley Baines, Beliefnet)

(2) Handwriting is a spiritual designing, even though it appears by means of a material instrument. (Euclid of Alexandria)

(3) To me, reading through old letters and journals is like treasure hunting. Somewhere in those faded, handwritten lines there is a story that has been packed away in a dusty old box for years. (Sara Sheridan, Author)

(4) Find a small moment of joy in a blue sky, in a trip somewhere not so far away, a long walk an early morning in December, or a handwritten letter to an old friend simply saying ”I thought of you. I hope you’re well. (Charlotte Eriksson, Author)

(5) Nothing is as endearing as a handwritten letter scribed by the person who holds your heart spellbound. (Alfa H Abandoned Breaths)

Letter by Johnny Cash
Letter by Johnny Cash | Source

(6) One of the biggest things that I miss most about handwritten letters is the actual feel of paper in our hands. . . For example, a heartfelt letter from one's lover written in his own handwriting with his favourite pen on his preferred piece of paper definitely shows the type of person he is. (Tahsin Abedi, The Daily Star)

(7) I want there to be proof that I was here beyond a Google search. That proof will live on in my diaries, my letters, and the scribbles I sent other people. . . I want the people I love to be affirmed and reminded of how capable they are on a daily basis. I think letters are the purest way to do that. (Hannah Brencher, More Love Letters)

(8) Just imagine the bliss and the joy of giving your child to read a letter handwritten by his/her grandmother decades ago. It is definitely worth starting to handwrite your letters and give your dear ones something to talk about for generations. (Kenneth Waldman, Learning Mind)

(9) The lost art of longhand writing has made us miss out on the pleasure of seeing a good piece of handwritten script and pen craft — an art we are losing out to time, machine and thinning out passions. (L Arunda Dhir, Daily O)

(10) The sight of the man on a cycle with a bundle of letters, delivering these envelopes to our mailboxes was once the most exciting view from one's window. . . What has happened to all the postmen? Are they still at the post office waiting for us to post a handwritten letter for them to deliver? (Tahsin Abedi, The Daily Star)

Facts from "History of Handwritten Letters"

Dates and Events
Around 500 BC - According to the ancient historian Hellanicus, the first recorded hand written letter was penned by Queen Atossa of Persia.
Before 1840 - Coach or horse riders delivered the letters. The receiver paid cash on delivery; the cost depended on the number of pages and the distance traveled.
1840 - Great Britain introduced the first prepaid stamp. Other countries organized similar systems.
1845 - The United States established a uniform 5 cents postal charge.
1847 - The United States standardized stamps.

© 2014 Dora Weithers

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    • dahoglund profile image

      Don A. Hoglund 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      MsDora, I did, in fact, do penpals back when I was a freshman in high school. It was after WWII and I had a couple of Japanese students I exchanged letters with. They wrote pretty good English, I wrote no Japanese. We mostly wrote about our own cultures. I later exchanged some letters with students in England. sadly, I didn't keep it up, possibly because money was scarce and postage overseas seemed expensive to me.

      It might be part of the appeal of places like hubpages, facebook etc that one makes contact with a variety of people.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Don, no matter your mode of communication now, I'm glad that you miss handwritten letters. I have often thought of having a pen pal, but I've never ventured. Perhaps those who wanted to write, are mostly gone too.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I do miss handwritten letters but I found that usually it was a one way conversation. Even those I wrote to are passed away now. Even email seems old fashioned now.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Oh Thelma,those were the days! The handwritten love letters served you well. We sympathize with those who will never know such joy!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      4 years ago from Germany

      What an awesome hub! I miss the times when I was expecting handwritten letters from my love ones. Handwritten letters was the beginning of my more than 3 decades relationship with my hubby. My hubby and I started being pen friends in the 70´s and we are married for 33 years now. I´m always glad when I came home to the Philippines alone because I mostly received a handwritten letters from my hubby. It reminded me of the good old days.

      It was always a pleasure to receive letters from my pen friends all over the world. It took weeks and months to have their replies but it was worth it. As you can see I already had worldwide connections at those times.

      Thanks for reminding me those times Dora. It was a pleasure to read this great hub of yours. Have a nice day!

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Alun, I wish my readers would read your appeal for personal expressions by hand on special days. Thank you so much.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 

      4 years ago from Essex, UK

      MsDora; I absolutely agree with so many of the sentiments expressed here - and yet I am as guilty as most others of neglecting to write letters by hand. I must admit I don't tend to write handwritten letters now, though I still often post typed letters and hand sign them. And I do still send postcards when on holiday.

      But I agree that it is sad that handwritten letters, or even notes, seem to be a dying form of expression. They have a permanence about them, and I - as a hoarder - still keep letters and cards I received when I was a child. Very few have been thrown away. Not so e-mails which are so easily written and so easily discarded and so much less sentimental.

      Particularly, I think of lost friends or relatives who have died - a hand written memento can be treasured in ways which a computer message simply cannot.

      So whilst it may be impractical to expect everyone to return to hand written letters for all purposes, I certainly think that everyone should make the effort on special occasions - birthdays, thank you messages, love letters etc, to communicate in a more personal way by hand, and not simply through electronic digits on a commputer. Voted up and shared. Alun

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Grand Old Lady, thank you for sharing. That's funny--following around the postman, but I surely understand your fascination.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      As a child in Los Angeles I remember always being excited by the sight of the mailman and wondering where he goes during the day. Once I even followed him around for awhile. My handwriting sucks, but handwritten notes do have a special flavor now that the internet has taken over so much correspondence. Things are changing, and the personal touch of a long, hand written letter has sadly disappeared.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      CV, thank you for commenting. I still think that those of us who cherish the handwritten letter, can try to keep it alive.

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      Disillusioned 

      4 years ago from Kerala, India

      You are right. It is a by gone era.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Cynthtggt, thank you. I think we share many similar thoughts. That's encouraging.

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      Cynthia Taggart 

      4 years ago from New York, NY

      This is yet another terrific hub from you. One can forget the email, gloss over the FB post, but the letter, the card, the note they always remember, and can keep close to their heart. Voted up.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Zabella, I'm proud of you. I share your joy in writing those letters. I intend to keep writing every now and then. Like you, I look forward to the response. Your comment is very encouraging.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Blond Logic, you and your cousin seem to have had lots of fun. A sigh for the good old days. Thank you for sharing.

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      Zabbella 

      4 years ago from NJ-USA

      Hi there! I took your advice and wrote to a few family members. The letters were 4 pages long all written in longhand! I had such a wonderful feeling...I am sure they felt good getting the letters ( hope they write back)

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      Mary Wickison 

      4 years ago from Brazil

      Hi MsDora,

      What a lovely idea for a hub. Who would have thought that things would have changed so quickly? Perhaps it is the evolution of communication.

      When my mother was alive, we would write, then we sent cassettes, then we went on to the internet.

      I loved getting letters in the mail, it was like an unexpected Christmas present.

      My cousin and I would write each other and I'd melt red sealing wax onto the back , as though the letter contained secret information. Sometimes we would write letters backwards so the other would have to read it in a mirror. We used our imaginations.

      Thanks for taking me on a trip down memory lane.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Glenn, I share the memories. You make me long now for a handwritten letter. Thank you for your valuable input.

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      Glenn Stok 

      4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Well-done Hub with lots of interesting historical facts.

      You brought back memories. I remember when I learned to write script in 3rd grade. I made an art out of it with fancy handwriting. But I quickly lost that ability in my 20's when I started typing everything. Letters, notes, and computer programs. I can't even read my own handwriting anymore.

      I do remember those days when we anticipated something personal in the mail, such as a handwritten letter from a friend.

      And as you mentioned in your article, dictionaries were so helpful. Those days are long gone. I still have one on my shelf, but I never use it. It's too easy to check the meaning of words, or to find a synonym, online.

      Everything is by email and texting today. Imagine if someone received a true love letter in handwriting in the mail. That probably would have a very positive effect by making the recipient feel special.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Ignugent, thank you for participating. As you say, we have to move on, but we'll grieve for a while.

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      ignugent17 

      4 years ago

      This is really a lovely hub. I sometimes miss writing by hand but I can write more ideas when I am typing. I know the feeling about the mailman. I sometimes wait for him to deliver our mails. Now you just open your computer and you got the message. Sad and yet we have to move on.

      I still use it by taking notes.

      Thanks for sharing . :-)

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lifegate, thank you for reading. You do just as well reminding me of things I need to focus on. Blessings!

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      William Kovacic 

      4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I love the topics you choose to write about - things that I don't usually think about. But you're so right, and I'm guilty. Thanks for pointing out a society's shortcoming.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Hi Romeos, thank you for your kind comments and for sharing that European episode. At least, handwriting is still alive, if only in the business world.

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      Romeos Quill 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Some quite moving observations on what seems to be a waning practice in the west. Certainly consider receiving handwritten letters as a gift now, especially ones of a more personal nature.

      Quite a coincidence you writing this insightful Hub article MsDora; was reading just the other day that some European businesses actually employed graphologists( so-called 'handwriting experts ') in the recent past, as a serious part of their recruitment procedure. The example given was two prospective employees, whittled down from applications, and equally matched in their skills, with one to be chosen only,yet the cover letter which they deemed to represent a more suitable personality for aforesaid position dictated whom the employer was going to eventually recruit ( wouldn't place much stock in this personally, as it in itself seems to be an arbitrary way, using what mainly is the translation/interpretation from the viewpoint of, what is arguably a pseudo-science, yet it has been practiced ).

      Can't beat the personal touch.

      A great Hub. Thank you.

      Kind Regards,

      R.Q.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      LM, yes I do remember scented letters. The elderly people you talk about are blessed to have such wonderful memorabilia. The young have our sympathy. Thank you for sharing.

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      L.M. Hosler 

      4 years ago

      An awesome hub. I enjoyed it very much. Do you remember when ladies would add s bit of perfume to those love letters? I work taking care of elderly people and sometimes they show me some of those things. Last night one lady was showing me valentines from when she was a young girl. The young have so much in electronics but have no idea what they have missed in so many ways.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Nell, thanks for participating. I also enjoyed pen pals during high school. Yes, we continue to write if we like. I mailed a handwritten letter today.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hi MsDora how I totally agree with you! my brother mentioned this the other day, many years ago he had a pen pal in America, they were going to meet up in London, but it never happened, long story, but he was saying how he missed writing to people this way, great point, nell

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, DDE. Those little notes have made the day for so many people, so many times. The best to you!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You are so right writing little notes when you need it the most is so rare these days. The modern world has changed many lives. A well approached hub on this topic.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Edward, I read your article on the fountain pen. I'm putting that on my shopping list. Emailing and texting are certainly no comparison. Thank you for stopping by and welcome to my HubCircle.

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      Ed Palumbo 

      4 years ago from Tualatin, OR

      I am disappointed to learn that cursive writing has been eliminated from the core curriculum of many school systems. I am interested in the development of writing instruments and, though not a collector, I seem to accumulate fountain pens. An e-mail or text message is a sad alternative to the handwritten note or letter, and I remain loyal to the use of fountain pens for personal correspondence

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Hi Frank:

      Thanks for dropping by. The kids are missing out on intimacy and creativity among other things, for sure. Faster is not the same as better.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      what a great hub Msdora, living in this fast pace world, there is no need for writing letters.. even Christmas cards or any greeting cards can be done on line.. what these kids are missing,,,huh?

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lambservant, you're right about announcements that deserve to be made in a more dignified manner than texting. Read your article on handwritten notes. Thank you for your input, and let's keep doing what we can to teach the right thing.

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Amen and Amen! I wrote just a couple of months ago on the lost art of writing thank you notes. I knew that many younger generations would not know what stationery was so I made it a point to explain it. We still use pens for signing documents, but very rapidly are being replaced by technology. There is nothing personal anymore. No one takes time for another in this way anymore.

      What makes me most angry is when people use texting, email, and voicemail to announce a life altering event. A dear friend got a text from her sister the other day informing her their brother died very unexpectedly. That's a bit off topic, but this kind of thing started when we quite writing letters and cards and talking face to face or on the phone. Much needed message MsDora.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Rebecca, thank you for participating.I'm sure that one day your mother will let you read those letters. How precious!

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jackie, thank you for sharing about that last letter from your sister-in-law. That's beautiful. I'm sure those letters helped you in your grief.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I so feel this too. What a lovely Hub. My mother has letters my dad sent. It is a dying art, and a true art. I love writing my thoughts down in longhand.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I miss hand writing and getting letters. My sister -in-law (and she was more like a sister) exchanged letters up until her death and I treasure her last letters to me. By email would not have been the same at all. Beautifully done. ^+

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Susi, "you cannot feel the emotion or the individuality in an email."that's exactly what I'm trying to say. Thank you very much for your participating.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Sheila, you're so right. We still have to print those emails if we want to save the content. The handwritten letters seem so much more authentic. Thank you for sharing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Parrster, a really neat idea. Thank you for sharing. Cheers to the memories!

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Michael, thank you for your input into this conversation. Yes, we are blessed to belong to that "more privileged generation." We owe it to that privilege to continue the good we learned in it.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, Peg. I agree with all your observations. Rush, rush and spread inferiority. Let's do better all who know how.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Sunshine, I'm with you. Of course, email is easier, but like you, I'm signing up to keep the handwritten letter alive. Thank you for your comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Don, the shocks keep coming concerning all the valuables that are now being excluded from the curriculum. Makes me feel helpless, but also thankful that I grew up when I did. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan W 

      4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Wow, MSDora, I really like this hub. It illustrates how special a handwritten letter can be, and how much we will miss the tradition. I will miss the times when I expect a handwritten letter in the post, which today is never there. Instead, it is a fast and rushed note sent to my email Inbox, you cannot feel the emotion or the individuality in an email. With a handwritten letter, you feel special because someone took the time to write that to you. I will greatly miss those days.

      Excellent hub, MS Dora and shared. Thanks for this beautiful hub.

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      sheilamyers 

      4 years ago

      Great thoughts! Now it seems that unless we print out emails, we don't have any record of what other people have told us about what happened in their lives. I love the old letters when doing family research. As you said, people had to describe things instead of adding pictures so I can get an idea what the person looked like. Even with pics in emails, you can always see the details. Plus, those old letters preserved family stories and history if people kept them.

      I'm a writer and love saving my work. Sure, now I'm able to print it out from the computer, but it's my way of saving things future generations might find interesting. You never know what little tidbit will inspire someone years from now.

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      Richard Parr 

      4 years ago from Australia

      Nice hub MsDora. It is a lost art, and so too the benefits. I cheat when it comes to nice cards. I still buy them, but I print off my message to a size that fits the card, and then neatly glue the message inside. A benefit to this is that I have copies of everything of significance I have ever sent to anyone over the past few decades.

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      Michael-Milec 

      4 years ago

      Hello Ms Dora.

      What a beautiful ,hart warming tender sentiment you've created out of 'Grieving the death ' of "handwriting." So true. Nothing in the world will substitute proximity warm feelings that brings handwriting. We belong to more privileged generation who cherish memories , re-living those precious moments a handwriting was bringing from a " sender." By your permission, let me make a confession : my handwriting has been improving since some a year ago as I made decision to come back to writing again. Are you ever right about learning spelling and new words in my case by repeatedly writing them down . Looong years back, while earning my degree in ( - ) at one point i was learning four languages the same time, and my way to memorize new words was,writing them down everywhere, all the time… ( insane ? ) it worked for me, and is now.

      Nowadays parents would do enormously great favor to their children if instead of watching " Hollywood " would spent time practicing writing.

      Vote up and awesome, and useful.

      May The Lord bless you richly.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I grieve the death of handwriting and see the death of grammar along with it. As I read over text messages I receive and respond to, I can see why punctuation and capital letters are going away. The devices make it difficult to capitalize and add apostrophes - or at least I find it so. Speed has become more important than writing rules and writing in general. Nice one, Ms. Dora.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I admit that I also allowed the handwritten note to die, but the good news is I'm back at it again. I also send cards once again. I guess I got lazy when email is so much easier, but I vow to keep the handwritten letter alive. Excellent reminder!

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      Don Bobbitt 

      4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      MsDora- Great article.

      This should really shock you.

      I have been living in Florida for the past three years and I was shocked the other day when in a conversation with a teacher friend she dropped a bomb on me.

      She told me that in Florida, they no longer teach Script, either writing it or reading it.

      I was stunned! How many necessary skills do we need to drop from our children's education to accommodate the low achievers?

      Have a good day,

      DON

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      MD, the word is that handwriting is not a big deal anymore. You may be able to repair yours by helping to improve your daughter's. Please write for her sake. Thank you for sharing.

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      Martin D Gardner 

      4 years ago from Virginia Beach

      Great hub MsDora. I can't remember the last time I hand wrote anything other than a grocery list or a phone number on a post it note. I think technology has ruined my handwriting. Everyting is typed on some type of keyboard. I literally can't write in cursive anymore. I can tell they don't put great emphasis on it in school by looking at my duaghter's handwriting.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      SuperrMom, welcome to HubPages. Those five children are blessed to have you plan their curriculum. Hope January 23rd is an enjoyable day for you and for them.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Denise, yes! The bulletin board. Those handwritten notes of love and care made proud displays. Thank you for that memory.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Sallybea, I closed my eyes and try to smell those fragrances you mentioned. Yes, those were the days. We never thought that our children would prefer something else. Thank you for the memories.

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      superrmom 

      4 years ago

      Dear MsDora, I really appreciate this very inspiring article and Ted Vid. I happen to still have 5 children/students in my home/school whose curriculum I write...cursive and handwritten letter/notes are still in our curriculum... And thanks to you my lesson plan for January 23rd is already written out! Blessings and Shalom.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Wow! This is a poignant reminder of our times. Even the sending of Christmas greetings is going by the wayside with the use of electronic media and e-cards. They certainly don't take the place of the real thing that I like to tack up on my bulletin board to remind me that I am loved, cherished, and missed! We, the older generation, are leaving a legacy behind as we leave handwritten notes, cards, and letters to our posterity.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      4 years ago from Norfolk

      This is a beautiful hub MsDora - wonderful! I remember the days when you could buy perfume scented notelets and beautiful envelopes - how gorgeous they were. I too remember the hand written letters from my Grandma - who will keep the emails we write and read these days! Voted up MsDora - a cracking Hub.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      GlimmerTwinFan, you're daughter is very fortunate. I watched a video in which a child referred to cursive as grandmother's handwriting. How could they let such a pretty thing die?

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Ziyena, so glad you kept those letters. Some would die for those bittersweet memories. Thank you for sharing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Zabella, please start writing again; and please continue to love your husband. Say thank you to him on behalf of all of us. I appreciate your comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Deborah, I loved getting letters in the mail too, but we might have to start the writing in order to receive; so I bought stamps today. I'll be writing lots for National Handwriting Day, and hopefully I'll continue after that.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Crafty, sure times have changed. The pen is mostly used for signatures now. Thanks for your input.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 years ago

      Thank you to "The Dirt Farmer" for sharing this absolutely beautiful hub. I think that this is one of the most lovely hubs I have read in a very long time. I always enjoyed getting letters in the mail, and writing them too. I'm almost 50 and I still try to write a handwritten note, but I find I use email more and more. How sad. I do make my daughter write thank you notes for gifts, but other than that, she mostly communicates to relatives by email. My daughter is fortunate that she still learns cursive in school so she can write, and more importantly, read it. Some young can't even read it. Imagine what the world would be if people could not read cursive. Voted, shared, liked. Just beautiful.

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      Ziyena Brazos 

      4 years ago from Somewhere in Time ...

      Beautiful Dora ... especially this line: "the young woman who may never know what it is like to cherish a stack of love letters tinged with the sweat of her anxious lover’s palm"

      I still hold on to all the letters that I sent and received to my ex-husbands in both the first war in Iraq and the second ... sentimental as I am. I guess I understood that one day they would indeed be some form of dying art, which I did actually notice during the second war in Iraq when the use of the internet became a more prevalent and speedly means for couples to connect during wartime. I truly enjoyed this jub and it brang so many bittersweet memories flooding from the back of my mind. Thank you

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      Zabbella 

      4 years ago from NJ-USA

      Loved it!!! You were so right on many points. The young ones will never know the fun of having PEN-PALS . I had a lot of pen-pals, it was so much fun. I still enjoy writing letters. I especially enjoy getting them. Some folks whom I used write to A lot tell me that they miss my snail- mail letters, because I would draw little cartoons and stuff. E-mail just does not cut it. A funny tid-bit...My husband IS a mailman! I do love him! One would think his mail load is easier, but it isn't. How sad, that folks do not look forward to their mail anymore.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      4 years ago from Iowa

      There is something so awesome about getting a real letter in the mail. Other than greeting cards, I can't remember the last time I got one. I will put National Handwriting Day on my calendar and will vow to write to someone!

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      CraftytotheCore 

      4 years ago

      This is truly an eye opener. 100 years ago, people communicated by post cards. Many of which can be found for sale online now. I remember when I was in school, Valentine's Day meant little personalized love notes passed around to everyone in the class. We'd take a break from studying to make an envelope out of construction paper to hold them all.

      The older generation has a hard time understanding why thank you notes are no longer received. It used to be customary to send thank you notes after receiving a gift. Not so much any more. I was surprised to receive one this year.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      DeerWhisperer, you are indeed one of the lucky ones. Sorry that your loved one passed! So and thankful that you have those cherished memories you can revisit on the anniversary which is soon. What a legacy for your children.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Word, all the best with your ambition. Just see that she does not forget how to write. It would be great if everyone did both handwriting and emailing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Running Deer, thank you and welcome to my HubCircle. Only while preparing this article I learned that cursive is not on the curriculum. What a shame! Please maintain that letter writing with your friend.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Fourish, thank you. Hold on to those letters, my dear. That "personal quality" you mention is precious.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Billy, thanks for your comment. Remember that you have to send if you really want to receive.

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      Deerwhisperer 

      4 years ago

      I loved this line "Back then, there was no way to “insert photos” into our letters, but we knew how to paint images with words." This is because it seems that conveying images with words has become a lost art, particularly with all the fast-paced modern technologies. Thankfully I am one of the lucky ones who have kept all my love letters and will be sharing them with my grandchildren soon, although sadly I have included one more to my collection, one that will never be mailed. This is because the love of my life for almost forty years passed away on February 11, 2013.

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      Word 

      4 years ago from Chicago

      This was a great reality check MsDora. I also challenge anyone to take on the task of teaching the elderly the "new tricks". For one, I am in the process of teaching an 87 yo lady to operate a computer simply because she is interested in learning. If they (the elderly) have the will to do it then it is worth helping them. It may be time consuming but it gives them something exciting to try to do. Thanks again for such a wholesome hub.

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      RunningDeer 

      4 years ago from Iowa

      This is a lovely hub. I love handwriting letters. My friend and I promised to write each other after we left college, and we send handwritten letters to each other.

      Did you know they don't even teach cursive to children anymore in the States? It's a dying art. I love cursive. My grandmother has the most beautiful handwriting.

      Voted up and sharing!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      Oh, this is great, and I couldn't agree more. Letters I hold most dear to my heart are handwritten ones from long ago. They are irreplaceable. There's no Facebook or IM or text that can replicate the personal quality that is communicated through them. That video was a fantastic add. Voted way up +++ and sharing, pinning.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was beautiful, Dora, and I admit I miss the old letters in the mail. Email is so impersonal by comparison.

      Beautifully written my friend.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jodah, I have often thought of engaging in pen friends again. I am thinking more seriously now. Our handwriting is surely deteriorating from lack of use. Thank you for your input.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Faith, you are blessed to still be receiving handwritten mail. Hold on to them. Thank you for sharing.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a delightful hub MsDora. Oh how I miss hand written letters. I remember as a child having penfriends and loving the correspondence exchanged and eagerly awaiting the arrival of the mailman in the hope of receiving a reply. I used to be proud of my hand writing, and even regularly used calligraphy to write cards etc. Now I only use hand writing when jotting notes and drafts for my poems and stories, and spend very little time on the neatness and preciseness of my writing. It is so sad. I do feel for the elderly who are not email savy and now receive no letters. Voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, MsDora, this is awesome! Yes, those days are gone for sure. However, I do have some very special friends who still send handwritten notes and cards, and they do mean so much and such a joy to receive them. I have kept every letter or card I have ever received. They are all in a big box. I love going back and reading them, especially ones from my mother. You are so right about that love letter. If there is one letter that NEEDS to be handwritten, it is that love letter. Can you imagine receiving a love letter via email? To me, that would not constitute a true love letter! I did not know about such day of celebration on the 23rd, so thank you for sharing.

      Up and more and sharing.

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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