Shortly after dinosaurs ceased to roam the earth, and before cursive was just a font, lovely children would gather in classrooms to study penmanship.
If these students wanted to communicate something to a friend during class, they would use their newly acquired skill of penmanship to write a message on paper, fold it, and hand it to someone to pass to the person who the message was intended for. This was called “passing notes”, and if they were caught doing it, the teacher would humiliate them by reading the note out loud to the entire class.
Report cards were at one time distributed on paper, and they were sent home with the child. The parent would sign the report card, because it was required to be returned with a signature.
There was a time when inhabitants of this planet would read books that were printed on paper. Some romantics loved the smell and feel of books on paper, although the weight of a paper book was often lamented by students who had to carry them from class to class, and then home at the end of the day.
If I were to collect items for a time capsule, I would collect: paper, pen, a handwritten love note, a book, and a paper report card. These items would be housed in a cardboard tube, just like the one once used to transport Mr. Brady’s Plans.
Paper- a substance made from wood pulp, rags, straw, or other fibrous material, usually in thin sheets, used to bear writing or printing).
Signature– a name written in cursive by the person whose name is written in cursive.
Penmanship– the use of the pen in writing, a person’s style or manner of handwriting
Cursive– (of handwriting) in flowing strokes with the letters joined together.
Pen– the pen as the instrument of writing or authorship
Mr. Brady– the dad, an architect, from the 1970’s television show “The Brady Bunch” (not to be confused with football player Tom Brady)
Mr. Brady’s plans- Archetectural designs that Mr. Brady drew on paper, then rolled and packed into yellow tubes for transport. (Not to be confused with football plays used by the football player Tom Brady)
The Daily Post, March 6, 2015 , Daily Prompt, Time Capsule, What would you put in this year’s capsule to channel the essence of our current moment for future generations?