Letterforms for handwriting and reading: print script and sanserifs in early twentieth-century England
Walker, S. (2007) Letterforms for handwriting and reading: print script and sanserifs in early twentieth-century England. In: Typography papers. Typography papers (7). Hyphen Press, pp. 81-114. ISBN 9780907259336
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This essay is about letterforms and typography in reading books for young children and how they were influenced by the teaching of handwriting in the early decades of the twentieth century. I examine the contributions made by infant teachers to typography and book design and draw particular attention to the print script movement and the gradual introduction of sanserif typefaces in reading books. I suggest that the use of sanserifs in reading books for young children is one of their first appearances for continuous text. Although the influence of print script on the teaching of handwriting may have had some undesirable effects, I suggest that it indirectly contributed to some innovations in book design.