At the school I went to part of the curriculum was learning how to write Calligraphy. We had our own special fountain pen, blotting paper, and cartridges. In our sailor uniforms we sat upright at our desks, feet flat on the ground, and held our beautiful pens just the right way.
Our teacher, Mrs. Newman, would walk around and tell us (in her very thick English accent) what letters to write. She commented that I had very nice "o's." To this day I still enjoy writing my "o's."
Calligraphy is an art and I love seeing it on wedding announcements, invitations, and anything else that calls for special paper. It's a nice touch to just about anything (even apples!) Knowing that this was how princesses and princes wrote to their loved ones makes me feel so special when I write in this ancient style.