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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 43, October 16, 2011, Article 6

SKEWING - A TECHNIQUE FOR SIGNATURE IDENTIFICATION

Recently Paul Horner submitted a question about a hard-to-read signature.

1862 10 cents very odd signature cropped

John MacVean identified it as "Eugene Newman M.D." I couldn't have guessed that one in a million years, but Paul agreed, and he'd already been puzzling over the signature for some time.

This week Bill Eckberg writes:

The signature certainly looks like "Eugene Newman, MD" to me. For readers who may still be skeptical, I just copied the signature in Photoshop and used the "Skew" command to straighten the writing enough so it was legible. Et voila!

Skewed Eugene Newman signature

Wow! Neat idea. This does help make the signature more legible. Thanks! This technique could prove very useful for deciphering banknote, check and stock certificate signatures.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NORTH CAROLINA STATE TREASURY NOTE SIGNATURE IDENTIFIED (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n42a07.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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