There is a SubReddit called "Penmanship Porn," where people upload samples of their handwriting. Submitter Eschermer contributed this stunning sample of him or her transcribing Oscar Wilde's "The Ballad of Reading Gaol:"
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Astonishing, no? Going through the rest of the SubReddit, there are a couple of other gems, like this electrical permit from 1916, when people still knew proper cursive and used fountain pens: