On Pawn Stars episode 322 (Chumdog Millionaire), Drew Max, Forensic Document Examiner, was once again called upon by the Pawn Stars to examine a high-end signature and this time it was a Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) signed "Letter To Clergy."
The FDR "Letter To Clergy" were all dated September 23, 1935.
Now some facts about FDR's "Letter To Clergy" dated September 23, 1935.
These were form letters mailed to approximately 121,700 members of the clergy across the United States. The purpose of the letter was to invite comment on the "New Deal."
Now think about this; 121,700 (one-hundred twenty-one thousand seven-hundred) "Letters To Clergy" were mailed out.
Does anyone, including Drew Max, really think that President Roosevelt personally signed all 121, 700 "Letters To Clergy?"
The approximately 121,700 "Letters To Clergy" were all reproductions (copies) with a "Franklin D. Roosevelt" facsimile signature. None of the "signatures" on the "Letter To Clergy' were hand-signed by President Roosevelt. The addressee on the bottom left of each "Letter To Clergy" were inserted after the reproduction process and then mailed to the approximately 121,700 members of the clergy.
So the owner of the FDR "Letter To Clergy" walks into the pawn shop and states that his grandfather (a reverend) received the letter from FDR. The pawn shop calls in Mr. Drew Max, FDE and Mr. Max asks Rick "What's your concern on this?"
Mr. Max pulls out his magnifying glass, talks his usual FDE jargon and then proclaims "When you put it all together, there's only one conclusion, this thing is definitely authentic."
Then Mr. Drew Max said "I wouldn't doubt if he signed every single one."
Every single one? Really? All 121,700?
Mr. Max, as a Forensic Document Examiner, how could you not determine that the FDR signature is a facsimile? You go on the show and announce that you are a "Forensic Document Examiner" and yet you're unable to detect that the FDR signature is a facsimile? I am puzzled.
Below is a copy of the "Letter To Clergy." Notice there is no addressee on the below letter.
Below is another copy with the addressee inserted on the bottom left of the "Letter To Clergy."
Below are closer images of the FDR signature from both of the above letters.
Below are images of the one sold on the Pawn Stars show and examined by Drew Max, Forensic Document Examiner.