Secretarial Signatures of Presidents of the United States

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“Ronald Reagan is unique among presidents in that he was a pop icon long before he assumed the presidency. While he was in Hollywood he hired his mother to execute his correspondence. Nelle Reagan imitated her son’s handwriting quite well.

During Reagan’s tenure as governor of California and early in his presidency he employed Helen Von Damm as his secretary. She often signed his name quite skillfully. The key to a Von Damm forgery is the slurred “on” in Reagan’s first name. Von Damm was later made an ambassador to Austria.”

Secretarial Signatures of Presidents of the United States
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