"A decree of the Council and Assembly dating from about 450 B.C."—Webster, 1913

An Athenian Inscription

"A decree of the Council and Assembly dating from about 450 B.C."—Webster, 1913

A poster of ancient Babylonia: Chaldea, Assyria, Persia, soldiers, religion, writing, and structures.

Babylonia Poster

A poster of ancient Babylonia: Chaldea, Assyria, Persia, soldiers, religion, writing, and structures.

An example of Babylonian writing.

Babylonian Writing

An example of Babylonian writing.

Woman and children from Marie Louise de la Ramee's "Bimbi."

Bimbi

Woman and children from Marie Louise de la Ramee's "Bimbi."

A metallic ruling-pen, having the part which holds the ink bowed out towards the middle.

Bow-pen

A metallic ruling-pen, having the part which holds the ink bowed out towards the middle.

Braille Alphabet

Braille Alphabet

Braille Alphabet

Apparatus for writting Braille

Braille Writing Tool

Apparatus for writting Braille

A well-known writer, who is credited with writing poetry and short stories. Sister of Phebe Cary.

Alice Cary

A well-known writer, who is credited with writing poetry and short stories. Sister of Phebe Cary.

A well-known writer, who is credited with writing poetry and short stories. Sister of Alice Cary.

Phebe Cary

A well-known writer, who is credited with writing poetry and short stories. Sister of Alice Cary.

Jefferson Davis', the President of the Confederate States of America, first message.

Jefferson Davis's First Message

Jefferson Davis', the President of the Confederate States of America, first message.

A decorative divider that resembles a book with bookmarks dangling on each side.

Book With Decorative Divider

A decorative divider that resembles a book with bookmarks dangling on each side.

A statue of a man who recorded books and/or documents during the era of Ancient Egypt.

An Egyptian Scribe

A statue of a man who recorded books and/or documents during the era of Ancient Egypt.

An illustration of a young girl with her pen rested against her face.

Girl Writing

An illustration of a young girl with her pen rested against her face.

Hand writing with pencil.

Hand

Hand writing with pencil.

Hand holding a pen.

Hand holding a pen

Hand holding a pen.

Rear view of hand holding a pen.

Hand holding a pen

Rear view of hand holding a pen.

Front view of hand holding a pen.

Hand holding a pen

Front view of hand holding a pen.

The Illustrata Iconibus is a 16th century print that was created by German artist Hans Holbein. It shows a king in his quarters writing, and two commoners outside walking.

Iconibus Illustrata

The Illustrata Iconibus is a 16th century print that was created by German artist Hans Holbein. It shows…

An incorrect way to hold a pen. The result is stiff, heavy, cramped penmanship, and rough marks.

Incorrect Penmanship

An incorrect way to hold a pen. The result is stiff, heavy, cramped penmanship, and rough marks.

An incorrect way to hold a pen. The large finger should be straightened, and the end caused to drop lightly beneath the holder.

Incorrect Penmanship

An incorrect way to hold a pen. The large finger should be straightened, and the end caused to drop…

An incorrect way to hold a pen. The result of dropping the hand too heavily upon the wrist and allowing it to roll to one side.

Incorrect Penmanship

An incorrect way to hold a pen. The result of dropping the hand too heavily upon the wrist and allowing…

An incorrect way to hold a pen. Another position when the pen is held too tightly.

Incorrect Penmanship

An incorrect way to hold a pen. Another position when the pen is held too tightly.

An ancient pen and ink holder.

Penner and Inkhorn

An ancient pen and ink holder.

This inkstand is sculpted with animals that are made out of oxidized silver. The entire surface of the inkstand is black, and the base is an envelope box.

Inkstand

This inkstand is sculpted with animals that are made out of oxidized silver. The entire surface of the…

This inkstand includes clocks and is intended for a writing table.

Inkstand

This inkstand includes clocks and is intended for a writing table.

The inkstand is used to store the ink and the writing instrument.

Inkstand

The inkstand is used to store the ink and the writing instrument.

This inkstand is ornamented with a group of fish at the top.

Inkstand

This inkstand is ornamented with a group of fish at the top.

This inkstand is designed in a Louis Quatorze style, also known as Louis the 14th, during his reign between 1638 till 1715. It has a covered vase at the top and a seated figure on each side holding out a tray.

Inkstand

This inkstand is designed in a Louis Quatorze style, also known as Louis the 14th, during his reign…

This inkstand is designed in a Cinquecento (Italian 16th century) style. It is made of part gold, part silver, gilt and enamel. There is a bird in the front that is attacking a dragon. The groups of figures in the back signify moral Christian Virtues and domestic scenes.

Inkstand

This inkstand is designed in a Cinquecento (Italian 16th century) style. It is made of part gold, part…

This modern inkstand is used to store ink for writing.

Modern Inkstand

This modern inkstand is used to store ink for writing.

This modern inkstand is made with an adjustable stopper. It is used to store ink for writing.

Modern Inkstand

This modern inkstand is made with an adjustable stopper. It is used to store ink for writing.

This modern inkstand is used to store ink for writing.

Modern Inkstand

This modern inkstand is used to store ink for writing.

This modern inkstand is used to store ink for writing.

Modern Inkstand

This modern inkstand is used to store ink for writing.

This modern glass inkstand has a sloping bottom and a revolving cover. It is used to store ink for writing.

Modern Glass Inkstand

This modern glass inkstand has a sloping bottom and a revolving cover. It is used to store ink for writing.

This old inkstand used to store ink for writing.

Old Inkstand

This old inkstand used to store ink for writing.

This old horn inkstand is made for the pocket. It is made in the shape of a horn to hold ink for writing.

Old Horn Inkstand

This old horn inkstand is made for the pocket. It is made in the shape of a horn to hold ink for writing.

"Below the pictured hieroglyphics in the first line is the same text in a simpler writing known as hieratic. The two systems, however, were not distinct; they were as identical as our own printed and written characters. The third line illustrates old Babylonian cuneiform, in which the characters, like the hieroglyphics, are rude and broken down pictures of objects. Derived from them is the later cuneiform shown in lines four and five."—Webster, 1913

Beginning of Written Language

"Below the pictured hieroglyphics in the first line is the same text in a simpler writing known as hieratic.…

The proper way to write a letter.

Letter Writing

The proper way to write a letter.

An illustration of a handwritten letter.

Handwritten Letter

An illustration of a handwritten letter.

Man wearing a suit at writing desk.

Man at writing desk

Man wearing a suit at writing desk.

Man writing at desk.

Man writing

Man writing at desk.

Man writing at desk.

Man writing

Man writing at desk.

Man standing at a writing desk entering notations into a ledger.

Man writing

Man standing at a writing desk entering notations into a ledger.

Man seated at table writing with an ink pen.

Man Writing at Table

Man seated at table writing with an ink pen.

"A papyrus of the first century A.D., containing the Ten Commandments. It was discovered in Egypt."—Webster, 1913

Ancient Hebrew Manuscript

"A papyrus of the first century A.D., containing the Ten Commandments. It was discovered in Egypt."—Webster,…

Saint Mark sitting an a cloth-covered table writing the Gospel. Scrolls rest on the table. Beside him rests a lion, the Evangelist's traditional symbol.

Saint Mark Writing

Saint Mark sitting an a cloth-covered table writing the Gospel. Scrolls rest on the table. Beside him…

A girl doing math problems on the chalkboard.

Math

A girl doing math problems on the chalkboard.

Saint Matthew sitting an a cloth-covered table writing the Gospel. The Holy Spirit, represented as a dove, hovers over his shoulder. Books and a human skull rest on the table. The skull, presumably, is a reference to man, the Evangelist's traditional symbol.

Saint Matthew Writing

Saint Matthew sitting an a cloth-covered table writing the Gospel. The Holy Spirit, represented as a…

Moon Alphabet for the blind

Moon Alphabet

Moon Alphabet for the blind

Thomas Nast drawing caricatures.

Thomas Nast Drawing Caricatures

Thomas Nast drawing caricatures.

Thomas Nast writing with a feather pen and ink.

Thomas Nast Writing with a Feather Pen

Thomas Nast writing with a feather pen and ink.

The pen with which President Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation.

President Lincoln's Pen

The pen with which President Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation.

An illustration of a pen laying on top of papers.

Pen On Top of Papers

An illustration of a pen laying on top of papers.

The proper way to hold a pen.

Penmanship

The proper way to hold a pen.

The proper way to hold a pen.

Penmanship

The proper way to hold a pen.

The first position to be taken, when placing the hand in correct position for writing.

Penmanship

The first position to be taken, when placing the hand in correct position for writing.

The hand elevated upon the two lower fingers, with the pen placed in correct position for writing.

Penmanship

The hand elevated upon the two lower fingers, with the pen placed in correct position for writing.

Another view of the correct position to hold a pen.

Penmanship

Another view of the correct position to hold a pen.

The correct position when the pen is at the bottom of an extended letter below the line, the pen being, as shown, nearly perpendicular.

Penmanship

The correct position when the pen is at the bottom of an extended letter below the line, the pen being,…

The front view of the hand showing the position of the forefinger, which should rest squarely on the top of the holder.

Penmanship

The front view of the hand showing the position of the forefinger, which should rest squarely on the…