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.
For more details and images, please visit my blog at the link below.
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.
Thank you. We don't even have her book in our library. She's listed as an active UACC RD. Do you know if she's actually still in the business? Her address is listed with no phone number, email or Web site.
i heard from someone in california that jan has been out of in person collecting close to 10 years now, and i think she might be in her late 70s if shes still alive, but anything you got from her is 100% genuine.
I agree that both the B&W and color ones look like they were signed by the same person.
If I had to make a guesstimate...
* The black and white is a TTM secretarial. I would not accept that as an IP sig without unquestionable, ironclad provenance.
* The color is authentic. But it was signed in a hurry or while standing... he simply skipped over the R or the A and R blended together.
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