I’ve read a lot of incorrect assumptions about autopen signatures and machines in recent times. There is nothing to prevent a machine from signing a photographic mount such as this.
Obviously, 1980 was done years ago, and the technology has improved a little since then, but this autopen machine manufacturer boasts that, “Any surface that can be signed by hand can be signed by signature machines – from letters to sports memorabilia to business cards.”
These signed photos of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were sent out in their thousands all across Britain and the Commonwealth (and probably beyond). I’ve seen several in person, including one proudly displayed in the hallway of a former employer of mine. They can be found in council offices and other public buildings up and down the land.
Here is another example of the one you are questioning:
You’re very welcome. Glad to be of help in preventing a potentially costly mistake.
The royals are not my area of expertise, but I do know that the former queen got her first autopen machine in 1959, so it’s wise to question anything after that date — especially anything mass produced, such as these official signed photographs, Christmas cards, etc.
Yep. Christmas cards are another big offender.
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