Just a quick reminder for myself and everyone else! This week has been super hectic for me. My winter break ended, so I had to pack all my stuff, go back to Texas, and moved back into my dorm to start my second semester of college. It feels good to be back in my dorm, but the syllabus days are now over and I have so much studying to do. That’s why I haven’t been able to post a lot this week (sorry)! I’ll be crafting more this week, so stay tuned!!
내 평생에 선하심과 인자하심이 반드시 나를 따르리니 내가 여호와의 집에 영원히 살리로다
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
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I’ve been spending a bit of time the last few weeks developing this text hand based on a little set of letters from my favorite penmen: Charles Norder.
For some time, I’ve been very interested in Norder: his life, his attitude towards the industry...Norder was a bit of a self-imposed ‘lone wolf’ in many regards. He kept his distance from the communities in which he operated, both in Pittsburgh and Chicago and didn’t seem to have many close friends. As a result, there isn’t much material about him readily available. Still he’s one of my favorite American Penmen...or so I thought.
After a few afternoons of soliciting information from various historical directories, it turns out that my favorite American Penman is actually Swedish. 😂
Born Karl Jonatan Valentin Norder on the 28th of January 1881 in Ekeby, Sweden to a father (Peter) and mother (Maria), Charles took his immigrant name after his family relocated to Pennsylvania to find work in the steel trade.
Norder didn’t speak much about his early childhood, apparently, so I’ll refrain from calling him ‘Karl’ from here on out. But I wonder if he ever returned to Sweden, and if he did, what they thought of everything he learned from the great Penmen in Columbus and Chicago.
A mystery for another day!
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