Have we lost the art of doodling? Now pretty much everything we ‘write’ is typed, even our drafts.
While reading documents here in the archives, my eyes keep on being drawn on many pages to scribbles in the margin; the code symbols used; the illustrated report divisions; hand scrawled maps, and above all the periodical flourishes of ‘calligraphised’ (is that a word?) handwriting – perhaps when the writer had a moment of creativity? Or when (s)he was just bored? In any case, I think they add to the texture of the documents giving them some sort of individuality (different handwriting and scribbles by different writers). Something which, as we furiously type today gets a bit lost!
Images taken from National Archives of Mauritius documents