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National Handwriting Day

Date When Celebrated : Event is always January 23

National Handwriting Day is an opportunity to reintroduce yourself to a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. In this day of computers, more and more information, notes, and letters are sent back and forth via a keyboard and cyberspace.

According to the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) website "The purpose of National Handwriting Day is to alert the public to the importance of handwriting. According to WIMA, National Handwriting Day is a chance for all of us to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting."

Some of the available documentation we read, suggests concern by stationary, paper companies, and pen and pencil manufacturers that the electronic world will shrink demand for their products. But, indeed, statistics show that pen(or pencil) and paper are alive and well, with a growing demand.

Participate in National Handwriting Day by writing a note or letter to someone. Love letters are cool. Notes to people who are ill or incapacitated will be well received.


Origin of National Handwriting Day:

National Handwriting Day was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association  in 1977. Their motive is obvious...to promote the consumption of pens, pencils, and writing paper.

January 23rd was chosen because this is the birthday of John Hancock. John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

I response to our inquiry, WIMA informed us that they did not obtain a presidential proclamation or an act of congress when designating the day. An official "National" day requires an act of congress.


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