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In those days there were no computers or even typewriters, so writing by hand was the only option. But until recently, relatively few people could read or write, and calligraphy was limited to a few experts. Even in the 18th century and early 19th century, many Americans did not know how to write or read and did not attend school. Things changed rapidly by the mid-19th century, however, as the United States grew. A new importance was placed on schooling as villages grew into towns and cities. As the wilderness was tamed, schoolhouses flourished, and neat penmanship was one of the key points of education.
He never considered himself famous. He didn’t want to be. ” Beverly Finster carries on the Finster torch and oversees her father’s legacy. Besides that, she also sells her art and that of dozens of other folk artists. ” Paint can decorated by Howard Finster, #32,884, 1994. (1916–2001) and the Finster Family 33 Some love the dark and raging sea And some the citty’s bustling hum Resting their hopes on grand display; And others a quiet mountain home Had I but the pledge of thy constant heart All else I would joyfully bid depart Silhouettes Costing a small fraction of the price of a painted portrait, having a silhouette made is an affordable way to get a likeness of oneself or a loved one.
Was the chin jutting? What shape were the lips? How did the hair look? The best-known silhouette cutter of the 20th century was Beatrix Sherman (1891–1975). She first began to cut silhouettes in 1915 at San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Sherman soon became famous for her precise and beautiful silhouettes. By 1918, she was cutting silhouettes of Hollywood stars and United States presidents. In 1922, she cut a silhouette of Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, as he visited Atlantic City, New Jersey.