I finally broke down and ordered the Spencerian handwriting package. So its a guidebook and then 5 workbooks for practicing and learning Spencerian handwriting.
Here is a link with some examples of this writing style.
It was the popular and taught writing method from about 1850 all the way up until the 1920's.
I write in a very similar style now, so am hoping I can master this and the be queen of the handwritten vintageness. heh.
I also picked up a reprint copy of 'The American Frugal Housewife' which is dedicated to those WHO ARE NOT ASHAMED OF ECONOMY.
heheh...its all sorts of housey goodess from 1833.