MV Obsession

My obsession with Martha's Vineyard.. phototography..genealogy and life in general and this and that…

Old Documents …


Something fell out of the closet and hit me on the head today.  No, it wasn’t a brilliant idea… it was this:

My mother’s Oak Bluffs High School diploma from June 18, 1926.

But that’s not all that hit me on the head.  There was this work of art:

A certificate in PENMANSHIP.  Do they even teach penmanship anymore!

Look at the details.

“..for the attainment of excellence in Rapid Muscular Movement…” I’m not even sure what that means !!

The wax seal makes it look very official and the ribbons add a nice touch.

And my mother did indeed have beautiful penmanship.


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

2 thoughts on “Old Documents …

  1. Joan, This is fascinating. I do love beautiful hand writing and your Mom’s handwriting is very beautiful. I wonder if the rapid muscular movement in business writing is in lieu of shorthand–or something like shorthand?


  2. Wow–did your mother happen to go to school with either John or Bob Hughes, or Dean Deniston!? No wonder you have an “MV obsession” with such deep ties.

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