The Authentic Experience
At Steve Cyrkin's invitation, I'd like to call your attention to a signature study I've posted on my blog, Charlton Heston signature study by Steve Zarelli.
I believe I have identified the "tell" in Charlton Heston secretarial signatures, and if I am correct, the news is not good for most collectors. It appears that most Heston signed photos are secretarially signed.
Here is a synopsis:
Photographs and other memorabilia sent to Mr. Heston's office were signed by a secretary. However, Mr. Heston did authentically sign books through-the-mail.
Real vs. Secretary
In authentic signatures, the R in "Charlton" is distinctly a lowercase "r" and less than half the height of the L. The first four letters are clearly "Char."
In secretarial signatures, the R looks much more like a lowercase "l" and is about the same height as the L. So, the first four letters appear to be "Chall."
I have attached two images to give you a small sampling.
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I'd love to hear your feedback and thoughts on this. I fully anticipate some resistance to the theory, because denial is always the first step. In fact, I would love to be proved wrong, because that would mean I wasn't sitting on a bunch of secretary signed photos!
By way of introduction, I have been collecting since the early 90s and I am the UACC Ethics Director.
I look forward to the discussion.
I am not familiar enough with PSA/DNA to know the difference between old and new COAs. Most appeared as the small certificates, but I believe I found some suspected secretarials in the "Letter of Authenticity" format as well.
not the typically chall secretarial. what makes you think it is secretarial?
In my opinion, this is not secretarial. And my opinion is not based solely on the R vs L. The secretary had an arrow straight baseline. The real Char dropped off on the "ton" as this one does.
Oh, this is the autograph you guys are talking about. It can be so hard to follow these threads sometimes. The above Heston is authentic. It's from a private signing he did in the 1990's.
Right. This and Alaska pose came from the same session.