The Authentic Experience
I am not certain, but i think this is probably secretarial. I'd like to hear what others think about it.
I got literally 100 or so autographs from Jimmy through the mail over the years and every one I feel is authentic. Even towards his last year before his death I got nice inscriptions in very shaky handwriting. Maybe the old age picture he did use an autopen?? You'd have to find several and compare to know that. I know he signed very small versions of the older age photo, he's sign in the white margin. I never got one as I always sent him a photo.
Each one is different but still all have the similar slants, pressure points, etc
Jimmy had a business in Hawaii and did have an office he went to. I'm guessing the secretary there helped him with his mail, the office was close to his house I saw him drive away the same time of day often when I worked next door for Lucille Ball.
I only met Jimmy once and under a bad circumstance. A soda can slid under my break peddle and I couldn't stop. It was the one time I saw Jimmy walking his very old dog. Had he not almost fallen backwards pulling on the dog's leash I would have hit him. I got the can out and stopped before hitting Gary Morton's car in Lucy's driveway.
I got out and hurried to Jimmy to see if he was ok, He blazed with anger and cursed me. He said he was going to call the police and turned and went home. Lucy screamed at me when I got inside saying it's going to be all over the news. When I explained what happened she was quiet and said, "next time run over the s.o.b I've always hated him." From that time on I could call her 'Lucy" and not "Mrs. Morton"
The joke around Beverly Hills at the time was "Nobody Loves Lucy."
It is my belief the older age (small) photos signed in the margin are secretarial. Probably signed before he began using the Autopen in his final years.
I have seen a number of vintage Stewart signed items with the overly neat and drawn looking signature similar to the letter above. It is my belief these were probably done by a studio secretary.
One thing that puzzles me with this autograph is that the R is dropped. From what I've read it is one of his most persistent characteristics. Also the tone of the letter strikes me as more of a personal friend not a typical autograph seeker. Of course I am hoping it is his signature, possibly done neatly for a family friend.
Steve is right on.
What you have there is a secretarial signed letter.