Back east in Ohio, an expert at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library said a guy in town that found a Lincoln signature at a fleamarket, may have gotten the real deal. And, to top that off, it might be the last signature Lincoln ever did. It was on a program for the theatre at the show he was at the night he was killed.
Okay, I made those last few sentences up just to see if you were paying attention.
This guy bought a bunch of papers in 2006 in South Amherst, 30 miles southwest of Cleveland (the home of my mothers birth). The letter he found said "Let this man enter with this note. April 14, 1865." and it's signed with his usual "A.Lincoln."
The date is the day he was shot.
John Lupton is the guy that did the handwriting analysis, and he's involved in a project to preserve Lincoln's papers at the library in Springfield, Illinois. He said the signature is geniuine, because of the various characteristics.
At this point, I'm a bit skeptical. It just seems so odd that it is dated for the day he died. I find that so hard to believe, as it would clearly make this signature worth so much more.
It would easily fetch over $20,000.
The guy who bought it at the flea market paid $20 for all the papers.
But what I want to know is this. Why did it take so long for him to show his find? And, what are the other papers he bought? So many people claim to find a Jackson Pollock painting in a salvation army store. Or an Emily Dickenson poem in a trash bin.
Well...why would the person selling these "papers" not carefully look through them?
As of now, the story doesn't pass the smell test with me.
But the experts are getting excited, so it's no reason for me to be a party pooper.