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Hello All,

This is my first post, but I have been using this site as a resource for a while now. I hope this is the best forum for this content, and that someone finds it useful.

I recently came across two typed autopened letters from Richard Nixon during his term as Vice President. Both letters are to the same person (The Capitol Hill Attending Physician), written almost one year apart.

I wanted to post the letters for a few reasons:

A) The letters represent the same autopen matrix being used across a one year span, but with different writing utensils. You can see slight variations in sizing and spacing, due to the pen choice.

B) The 1959 signature does not have the usual "equal pressure" indicators that one sees with autopen, and I think it's important to see just how natural the flow can look if not studying it carefully.

C) I have not seen many high resolution scans of Nixon signatures - especially autopen examples - yet this is the exactly kind of image I'm always on the search for to compare. So I wanted to add it to the mountain of resources available on this site.

D) I think this gives a pretty good case as to why you'd want to change your autopen matrix regularly. Imagine getting a birthday message in 1958 only to see the exact same signature in 1959? Ruins the magic for sure. I feel like this is why these letters ended up on the market.

Thanks!

Tags: Richard Nixon, TLS, autopen, nixon, vice president

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