Get a FREE Guide To Getting Started with Handwriting


Many of us have stared at an old handwritten document and wondered, “What does that say? It looks like a bunch of squiggles to me!” The problem seems obvious: the handwriting is faded, and the groups of letters don’t resemble words. Do not despair. With a few simple techniques, deciphering old handwriting is something you can do. Download our free guide to learn those techniques. 

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