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Name: Behrensmeyer, Henry P. (1868-1948)


Historical Note:

Born 18 Feb. 1868 in Quincy, Ill., once considered the center of pen art. Special classes in penmanship were taught at Gem City Business College there by world-famous penmen, including Behrensmeyer. He placed special emphasis on rhythm in writing, using music to teach his class by -- for example, playing "Camp Town Races", which he thought had an ideal penmanship "swing", on a hand-cranked Victrola. 

Educated at Gem City Business College; expert penman and engrosser; faculty member of Gem City Business College, H.P. Behrensmeyer was considered one of the greatest penmen in the world during his lifetime -- so great, he was given the title "Champion Penman of the World." Died 24 April 1948.

Sources: Summer 1982 Friendscript, quarterly publication of the University of Illinois Library Friends.
Note Author: Lesley Purnell



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