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Re: Samuel W. Porter signature- Rest of the story
Posted by Pete Nelson on Monday, 3 May 2010, at 7:58 p.m., in response to Re: Samuel W. Porter signature- Rest of the story, posted by John on Monday, 3 May 2010, at 12:24 a.m.
The second image (swp3.jpg) showing where and how Mr. Porter's signature was applied (to the "DESCRIPTION AND RULES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF..." booklet, not the best position to held the hand in for a good, clear signature) does show a great deal of similarity in penmanship style and format, especially in the manner of closing the upper loop on the numeral "8" (the upper loop is "pinched" off to the right at about the "1 o'clock" position) and the spiral swirls he used on both the "S" and the "P". The one thing which really stands ou between the signature on the "INSPECTION REPORT" and on the "DESCRIPTION AND RULES..." manual is the fact that on the Report there is no clear sign of there being an "o" in "Porter". He starts with a slightly-curved vertical stroke to begin the "o" but then goes right into what appears to be a wide "r", and the "final "er" appears to be almost a lower-case "u". But since I have no credentials as a forensic longhand specialist I would have to say that in my humble opinion the two signatures could very well have both been made by Mr. Porter.
I sent off to you early this afternoon (via the U.S. Postal Serice) a complete 11" x 17" photocopy of the summary page of his tally sheet of damaged and replacement parts (the summary first sheet of his "Inspection Report") which gives a good, clear full-size image of his "Sam'l. W. Porter" with the "Respectfully Submitted to the Commanding Officer" closure line. Check it against your images and see what you think.
Thanks for the link to the second image.
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