An illustration for the Washington Post Magazine. Cursive writing is going out of fashion, and young people aren’t able to read it. This poses a big problem for institutions like the US National Archives, which has approximately fifteen billion documents that are handwritten in cursive, including the Constitution. ‘We’re sacrificing generations of students who won’t be able to read our records,’ says David Ferriero, archivist of the United States. This was a great opportunity to dig around for some lovely old textures and ephemera to use in the image.