The lost art of handwriting is one of the few ways we can uniquely express ourselves.

Today, January 23, is National Handwriting Day, honoring also the birthday of John Hancock, born in 1737, whose very name has come to mean “signature.”

As in, “Add your John Hancock, here.”

john hancock signature and portrait

Hancock was President of the Second Continental Congress, the first Governor of Massachusetts, and the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence. His flowery signature was top and center, and the largest, by far, of any of the names signed on the revolutionary document.

The photo above shows the beautiful penmanship of a Good News Network contributor, Rose, who mailed a card, with a check, to our Post Office box.

Here’s hoping children and young adults continue devising their own signatures, so when, or if, they ever need to sign an important document, they can do so with the same flair and relish as John Hancock.

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