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Postage: The Dos And Don'ts Of Sending A Letter In The 18th Century

 
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Posted 08/31/2019   8:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add James Drummond to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Not sure if this has been posted before here. If so, I apologize in advance.

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Posted 08/31/2019   9:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wkusau to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very enjoyable watch. Thanks for posting it.
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Posted 08/31/2019   9:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting video, although his knowledge of rating is somewhat inaccurate and he implies that early mail was sent collect when prepayment was an alternate option.
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Posted 09/01/2019   08:14 am  Show Profile Check wheelman's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add wheelman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Neat video. Thanks for posting. It did raise a question. How in the world did lefties ever avoid smudging their writing in the days of quill and ink?
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Posted 09/04/2019   06:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add m and m to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
wheelman they did not and a good meany of us became hook wristed in the process of learning to write cursive. today its a moot point as it is no longer being taught in meany places.
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Posted 09/04/2019   08:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wheelman, you should watch the video. The guy doing the demo is a lefty and is shown writing backhanded and keeping his hand and arm in the air to avoid smudging. Lefties back in the day were discouraged/prevented from writing lefthanded even up to the earlier 20th century.
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Posted 09/04/2019   09:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add m and m to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
hy-brazil that discouragement went as far as the 1950's in some backward schools, including mine. as things turned out I am ambidextrous but left dominant.
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Posted 09/04/2019   12:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add m and m to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
i will add that this was in a Brooklyn NY public school.
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Posted 09/04/2019   10:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As a lefty, the smudging really bugged me as it made my school projects look messy. Conversely, loved writing Arabic when I learned it later, since it's written the "proper way", from right to left, and is beautifully cursive. Like all languages should be :)
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