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Webster's Academy of Penmanship and Stylographical Card Drawing, 2 May 1842 [Broadside]
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Printed broadside, 2 May 1842, promoting Webster’s Academy of Penmanship and Stylographical Card Drawing, offering classes in calligraphy and “stylographical card drawing,” to be taught by J. Palmer Webster, “recently from New England,” which were to be offered for “two to three weeks” on King Street in Charleston, S.C.

Webster marketed his penmanship classes to both men, particularly “clerks and men of business,” and women for correspondence and “ornamental purposes.” It also offers to teach “stylographical card drawing,” which was described as a “new method of drawing by transfer,” possibly by use of camera obscura or pouncing, a method of copying a drawing by pricking holes in the outlines and using fine chalk or graphite powder to transfer the design to a surface beneath.

An itinerant professor of phrenology, Webster is also known to have been at Columbus, Ga., and Lynchburg, Va., during 1842.



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