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The 19th century calligraphy taught in Sukhanov museum

A sophisticated beauty of the Russian writing. Sukhanov museum held an open practice session of the 19th century calligraphy.

Specifically for this original tour, Sukhanov house museum team drew up the 19th century penmanship task, found dip pens, and even some old inkpots.

The penmanship class accompanied the story about the local regional history. While carefully writing letters in ink, the students found out that boys and girls used to study separately and even had different classes. But still penmanship remained a mandatory subject with an exam to be passed. The environment in the house of the tsar man of office plunges you into the subject and immerses into history. The owner himself, Alexander Sukhanov, also is a great example of penmanship enabling career promotion – his starting position was a mere office scribe. However, fine handwriting comes in handy even in the age of high technology.

“By their 11th year students need to have a readable handwriting. It matters a lot for the exams, as it impacts the grade on state examinations,” said Natalia Kosovets, a primary school teacher.

Ornate letters, ink and nibs. It turned, just a few of today’s students would be able to score A in penmanship.

“It’s a bit challenging for me to write as the letters seem new, I’m seeing these for the first time ever,” said Artem Chumakov.

So even if their hands are now covered in ink spots, and paper is blotched all over, these students will hardly forget this fascinating story.


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