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Hello JFK experts out there,

I am new to this forum and I am looking for your help. I just recently acquired the attached JFK autograph on a very small b/w book page. The signature is written with a black roller ball pen.

The previous owner is a private collector who bought complete autograph collections and also chases VIPs for autographs himself.

On a small separate piece of paper there are some notes written with an old style typewriting machine: "John F. Kennedy    35.Präsident  .I963   Messechussetts West Virginia Mr.Peters" (partly German, indicating obviously that a Mr. Peters from Massachussetts (New England)/USA got it in West Virginia (or the other way round) in 1963?!

The lenght of the signature is only 3cm/1.1 inches on a small cut book page measuring 8.5x11.5cm/3.3x4.6 inches.
On the backside, a part of a photograph can be seen of JFK smiling while reading a newspaper with headline, 'Jack Kennedy's on the Glory Road, Humphrey bows ... .' May 11, 1960 (cf. https://www.agefotostock.com/age/en/Stock-Images/Rights-Managed/ERE...)

Has anybody seen this autograph before? Any ideas about its provenance? What do you think - is it an authentic JFK signature? Would anybody dare to estimate its value?

I already consulted the JFK signature study book by C. Hamilton "The Robot That Helped To Make A President" and cannot find any similarities to autopen or secretarial signatures...

Any feedback is highly appreciated. Thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards
Markus

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Thanks, Markus!  --- Herman

  • JFK is a difficult autograph in every way. His signature changed so drastically over the years, you literally have to find an authentic one from the same year. There are examples of all the secretaries signatures out there for comparison. Secretary 3 was the only one I found not easy to dismiss she did a good copy.

    The one thing I use to tell a secretary signature from a real one was a trick I learned from an expert, the secretaries always broke and wrote what looks like an ei right before the Y at the end. An authentic one sometimes breaks but has an iei before the Y as you can see from this check. And examples of sec.3 below

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