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    Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    A number of years ago I attended an AHS&TC Encounter in New Jersey and was blown away when I saw at the auction a framed front page of the February 13, 1957 edition of the "Daytona Beach Morning Journal" featuring an article about my car and its then-owner (see attached). It took a while but I was able to get a copy of the article and I have it prominently posted in my garage.

    Towards the lower right-hand corner there is what appears to be the signature of Donald Healey (see close-up attached). Can anyone familiar with his signature tell me if this is the case?
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    Re: Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Oritt View Post
    Can anyone familiar with his signature tell me if this is the case?
    I'd say it's authentic, based particularly on the shape of the leading initial (D) and the elongated descender of the final "y". It's apparently hurriedly drawn, but based on several original examples of his signature here, and more I've seen over the decades, I have high confidence that it's real.
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    Re: Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    Here's a copy of a Christmas card with Donald's signature, but it looks like it is machine printed, rather than an autographed paper.
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    Re: Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    Michael - yes that is Donald's signature. He signed the article for me back at AHSTC Encounter in 1986. I think I have a photo of that event. I will try to find it and post it for all to see. I purchased the article back in the early 80s at the Annual Carlisle PA auto Flea market and Car Show.
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    Re: Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    Hi Michael. I have a signed copy of an owner's manual obtained by the PO. The signature looks a little different but I'm no expert. I'll attempt to attach a picture.

    - looks like I can't figure out how to do it. The pic is on a memory card in my computer.

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    Re: Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    Jim--

    It was indeed serendipitous that I saw the article at Encounter and thank you again for sending me the copy.

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    Re: Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    Michael, the attached photo is of a souvenir from my 1978 visit to England. The programme was signed for me by Don (as he insisted I call him). I think it shows that the document that you have does not have the same signature.
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    Re: Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    ....and I don’t think it is Geoff Healey’s either. 72794F91-9983-41CD-8B54-B23DA9A252AA.jpg
    (Note that they both used felt tipped pens!)
    Bic’s perhaps?
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    Re: Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    Michael - I tracked down my photo of Donald signing your newspaper article. where would you like me to send it? give me an email address AND IT WILL BE SENT. I don't know how to post the photo to the Forum
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    Re: Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    Jim--

    My email: michael.oritt@gmail.com
    I will post it in this thread.

    Much appreciated, to say the least!

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    Re: Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    This picture from Jim Lescher, the source of the poster, showing DMH signing it for him. Case closed....
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    Re: Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    What a great piece of memorabilia to go with your car. Congrats, Michael.
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    Re: Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    It looks like Donald was at an age where his hand wasn’t steady, I would think that’s why the signature looks so different. Awesome piece to have with your car!

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    Re: Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    Michael - It has been my experience with DMH over many years. If he had a direct relationship to the article being signed he would use his best penmanship. I will send you the photo of the warranty for my 55 BN1 where Donald signed
    "Good for next 10,000 miles Donald Healey Aug 76" this took place back in 1976 when Donald attended the Cherry Hill East Coast event.
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    Re: Newspaper article/DMH signature?

    Michael and healey106, that is a sad demonstration of how quickly age can catch up with all of us. Eight years between my last meeting with “the Skipper” and his signing the your newspaper article, and the signature is significantly different.
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