Take a look at penmanship throughout United States history from original documents. View items from HSP’s collection of quintessential penmen including John Hancock and Timothy Matlack. Long before the invention of the typewriter our Founding Fathers set up an entire government using only pen and paper. How did they do that? In this display we look, not only at examples of our Founders’ scripts, but also the manuals and instruction books which taught more than a century of Americans the art of fine penmanship.