I found David Heatley's article on handwritten type an inspired topic that could use more articles here on the Drawger.
I was lucky to find a copy of this book for $10 in a junk shop in Searsport ME about ten years ago, "Hill's Manual of Social and Business Forms" by Thomas Edie Hill. Apologies for the not-so-good scans; it's a rare mint copy and I didn't want to bend it too much for the scanner.
I guess back in the day (in this case 1879), fine handwriting was a norm for the cultured class. This book is an amazing instructor of how to not only write beautifully, but the proper posture one must write with. It goes on with proper business letter form compositions, party invitationals, etc.
Talk about crazy hand crafted typography! This is one of the pages on how to make a typical alphabet.
The pages get crazier and more and more fanciful.
The proper way to hold ones hand whilst lettering.
The improper ways. This is exactly how I normally write!
Anyway, this stuff is quite humbling.
Oh, and by the way...this is the correct way to hold your fork and knife at the table.