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Signatures, initials, and identification marks are the unique identifiers we use to make something our own or signify our involvement in something, whether it be a letter, legal document, painting, diary, or any of a miriad of other things we wish to mark as having been in our presence. Although no one ever makes a truly exact copy of their own signature, they are usually similar enough to make it difficult to detect the differences with a quick glance. Everyone also has a slightly different style that tends to evolve slowly over time, and one person can even have multiple styles to switch between as the need arises. Here is a collection of signatures and initials left by ancestors and relatives throughout the years, showing just how varied and yet how similar they can be.

signature of A. Meade Baker
A. Meade Baker. Signed a poem.
signature of Charles W. Clayberger
Charles W. Clayberger. January 9, 1928. Initialed signature on a letter.
signature of Charles G. Clayberger
Charles G. Clayberger. June 27, 1911. Signature on a letter of recommendation.
signature of Charles G. Clayberger
Charles G. Clayberger. February 14, 1921. Signature on his Honorable Discharge paper.
signature of Charles G. Clayberger
Charles G. Clayberger. April 19, 1949. Signature on his Ungraded Employee Efficiency Rating Form.
signature of C. Sherman Clayberger
C. Sherman Clayberger. January, 1935. Signature in the return address of a note.
signature of George H. Clayberger
George H. Clayberger. Signature on an undated postcard.
signature of Francis F. Ehrman
Francis F. Ehrman. February 12, 1942. Signiture on a Draft Registration Card.
signature of Francis F. Ehrman
Francis F. Ehrman. September 2, 1956. Signed as a witness on his son's certificate of marriage.
signature of Anna Frank
Anna Frank. 1949. Signed her name on the front page of her diary.
signature of Anna Frank
Anna Frank. 1955. Signed her name on the front page of her diary.
signature of Anna Frank
Anna Frank. 1961. Signed her name on the front page of her diary.
initials of Amos E. Hinks
Amos E. Hinks. March 12, 1924. Initialed a hand-written letter to Mildred Frank.
signature of Amos E. Hinks
Amos E. Hinks. December 3, 1991. Signed a hand-written letter to his attorney.
signature of C. W. Johnson
Charles W. Johnson. July 11, 1879. Signed a hand-written letter to Olive Lafluer.
signature of Joseph Lafluer
Joseph Lafluer. September 10, 1864. Signed a hand-written letter to wife.
signature of Joseph Lafluer
Joseph Lafluer. April 15, 1865. Signed a hand-written letter to wife.
initials of Malvina Lafluer
Malvina Lafluer. April 22, 1859. Initialed an entry in her diary.
initials of Olive Lafluer
Olive Lafluer. October 13, 1877. Initialed an entry in her diary.
signature of Olive Lafluer
Olive Lafluer. October 12, 1882. Wrote her name in an entry in her diary.
signature of Ann Marinaccio
Ann Marinaccio. December 3, 1991. Signed a hand-written letter to an attorney.
signature of C. T. Phelps
C. T. Phelps. December 9, 1913. Signed a hand-written letter to father.

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