Many years ago, a friend was visiting my home. They asked a question that is understandable, and certainly not unusual, for any person who does not collect autographs. “Is that real?” My friend was referring to my framed Alfred Hitchcock autograph. It was proudly displayed on my wall.
My framed, and proudly displayed, Alfred Hitchcock autograph.
When I replied that it was, in fact, authentic, they were amazed. Why is it that people who do not collect autographs are so often transfixed by the fact that items actually exist that have been signed in the hand of actual historic figures? Perhaps it is because we hold actual people who have occupied the same planet as ourselves to be more than human. They are not. They are just plain people. They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like we do.
I am certain that I am not the only autograph collector to have experienced this phenomenon. It is a very typical experience that is related to our hobby. One of many that make collecting autographs so enjoyable.