Michael 5260 for Joe
Re: Seeing
Tue Jun 4, 2019 14:03


In the Lindbergh ransom notes there are other examples of the distinctive small "x" that is found in the word "pox."


You may have to make some photocopy enlargements of the words because you want to cut out each of the "x's" out and place them side by side, in a column, whatever is convienent for you.

After you have the "x's" all together they are much easier to study in a group. You want to study their letter design and take note of the writing movement, direction of the strokes, where the strokes start and end, during their construction. One of the best ways to latch onto all of this is to duplicate each of the "x's" with a pencil. Draw each one exactly the same way it was written.

When you are done you should be able to see that the "x's" are not exact duplicates of each other. They are not exact duplicates of each other because a human being does not write with the precision of a machine. This inability to write with perfection is called "natural variation."

Even though the "x's" are not exact duplicates of each other you will see that they all bear a "family likeness" to each
other. This is also referred to as the "master pattern" for this peculiar "x" letter form. In spite of differences in some details of design they all exhibit a strong "family likeness to one another because they were all written by the same hand.

If you need any kind of help working on the "x's" just let me know Joe.

After you finish with the "x's" we can dig into the "p" vs. "b" spelling oddity. It has a significance.

  • 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: Seeing — Michael 5260 for Joe, Tue Jun 4 14:03
      • 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
                  • Re: SeeingJoe for Michael 5260, Sun Jun 9 21:26
                    From his California trip memo book entry for July 13, 1931, that is an excellent find, Michael. I've seen that strange looking word before and although I wasn't sure, I thought perhaps he was writing ... more
                    • Re: SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Mon Jun 10 11:39
                      The first thing we have to determine about the "pox soap" entry is whether Hauptmann was writing in German, English, or a combination of both. We can see the second word is obviously "s-o-a-p" so... more
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