The Tamblyn System is based on Muscular movement; by some designated as "Arm Movement" and by others as "Forearm Movement;" which is the only movement that has ever produced practical business writers. While the copies represent a fair degree of accuracy, yet mechanical accuracy, such as used in some copy books, is purposely avoided. Such mechanical accuracy of copies restricts movement and develops pure finger action. It has been thoroughly proven that practice from copies mechanically accurate develops a cramped movement. It compels finger action in the formation of letters, giving a fair degree of accuracy in slow writing, and which, when speed is necessary, becomes scribbling, almost illegible. In the Tamblyn System, movement is placed first, accuracy of form secondary.

The lifelessness and mechanical exactness of hand engraved copies which represent the skill of the penciler and engraver instead of the penman, do not arouse the enthusiasm of the pupil, and tend rather to.discourage than to encourĀ­ age him. On the other hand copies that show they were executed easily and have the appearance of real writing, encourĀ­ age him with the idea that he will be able to write similarly with reasonable effort and practice. The exercises and copies given in this book are photo-engraved from actual free hand, rapid writing by the author and are, therefore, an exact representation; and the system is practically the same (with some changes as experience has taught) as employed by him for the past thirty-five years in class work and in correspondence instruction.

Sample of the F.W Tamblyn Book.

Position of body at desk.
SIT EXACTLY facing the desk; left side slightly closer to it, with the breast an inch or two from the edge of the desk; both arms on the table and resting at about right angles with each other. (See illustrations No.1 below and No.3, page 9.) Sit moderately straight and in leaning over, be sure not to bend the spine between the neck and hips. (See illustrations, No.2 below, and No. 6, page 9.) Don't crowd the chair up under the desk, neither sit on the very front edge of the seat. This compels the curving of the opine, else sitting uncomfortably straight. Rest any necessary weight of the body on the left arm, thus not interfering with the freedom of the right arm