Yesterday, one of my wonderful neighbors came walking over to my house with a large, old book under his arm. He said, "I know you like calligraphy so I thought you'd enjoy this." His great-grandfather, who lived in France, had started a ledger for all the business transactions in his family. The same ledger was kept by various other family members for over 100 years and eventually wound up here in the States. The entries begin sometime around the late 1830s and are written in French. Toward the end of the ledger they are written in English.
Hard to believe that someone chose to do such beautiful writing for something as mundane as record-keeping isn't it? Enjoy the photos!