Michael 5260 for Joe
Seeing
Mon Jun 3, 2019 09:53
24.185.60.218

Joe, if you are game I have a small handwriting exercise I think you will enjoy.

We begin.

On the enclosure that was sent to Colonel Breckinridge (March 7), line 2 and 3, we find written:

"We sent the mail on one off the letter pox near Burro Hall- Brooklyn."

The word "box" was supposed to be written and the writer spelled the word as "pox" instead, which is a peculiar spelling.

A letter "p" was erroneously used for a "b" and the "x" is written like two small "e's" back to back with one continuous writing stroke.

The writer was writing about a "mailbox" and in this observable sentence the writer called it a "letter box."

Do you agree with the observation and interpretation?


    • Re: SeeingJoe for Michael 5260, Tue Jun 4 11:14
      Okay, the "x" is a bit of a rougher variation of the one seen in the ransom notes and duplicated by Hauptmann on his license application. I think it's actually more like a script large "S" and a... more
      • Re: SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Tue Jun 4 14:03
        Okay. In the Lindbergh ransom notes there are other examples of the distinctive small "x" that is found in the word "pox." expected exspectet explan extra exspenses You may have to make some... more
        • Re: SeeingJoe for Michael 5260, Wed Jun 5 14:21
          Michael, I've been through the examination of the "x" via the various handwriting comparisons. I have no issues identifying those found in the ransom notes to be a match to the degree of variation... more
          • Re: SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Thu Jun 6 11:01
            I'm glad you took the time to study the unique "x's" Joe. If you can draw this peculiar "x" from memory, anywhere and anytime, you definitely have a handle on this unusual letter form. Hauptmann's... more
            • Re: SeeingJoe for Michael 5260, Fri Jun 7 08:04
              Good point that "robbery" and "perhaps" don't appear in the series of ransom notes, and yet get butchered in the request writings. Police would have had no reason to tell Hauptmann to misspell these... more
              • Re: SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Fri Jun 7 15:43
                Joe, keep Hauptmann's "p"/"b" handwriting conflict in mind. It's an identifying characteristic that will come into play later on. Here is another handwriting feature that is significant. Hauptmann... more
                • Re: SeeingJoe for Michael 5260, Sun Jun 9 09:05
                  All duly noted Michael. I've always found it interesting how Hauptmann really turned on those crossed "t's", not missing one in his mercy letters to Governor Hoffman, right on the heels of all those... more
                  • Re: SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Sun Jun 9 17:33
                    Hauptmann certainly did crank out the t-bars after his trial. You can see him double-crossing his t's using the American method and the German method at the same time! It proves he was paying... more
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