January 23rd was designated National Handwriting Day in the 1980s. The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association used the birthday of John Hancock to mark the occasion. Why Hancock? Remember his signature on the Declaration of Independence? Legend has it that he signed it big and bold so King George would be able to read it without his spectacles!
Other countries may not be invested in celebrating American independence but want to honor handwriting, too. So, more recently, the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF) suggested expanding NHD to International Handwriting Week.
Everyone is encouraged to find a way to celebrate with us. You could take a picture of your handwriting and post it on your social media. I just did! Click here to see it.
The SoCal chapter of AHAF is holding a meeting on Saturday, January 25th to mark the occasion. The public is welcome. There is no fee. We’ll be at the EP Foster Library, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura CA, in the Topping room. Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon. Learn what your handwriting says about you. Join us!
If you are interested in learning more about handwriting analysis, please take a look at my nonfiction books. Readers of my Forensic Handwriting Mystery series say they learn a lot about handwriting, too.