In 1977, as educators began to feel that the art of handwriting was beginning to disappear, the Writing Instrument Manufacturer's Association created National Handwriting Day. They chose January 23rd, John Hancock's birthday. John Hancock was a prominent merchant, a patriot of the American Revolution, a statesman and even the third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but he is best known for his famous signature on the Declaration of Independence.
During a time when electronic devices are used as the primary form of communication, handwriting allows all of us to be individuals and artists. National Handwriting Day is the perfect time to practice this tradition, and a perfect time to send something special to friends and colleagues. After all, there's nothing quite like receiving a handwritten letter or card in the mail.