Below are signed photos of Roy Rogers for sale. The signatures on the photos range from the authentic (signed by hand, by Roy Rogers), to secretarial (Roy’s name signed by another person with his knowledge and consent), to (possibly) other types of signatures.
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Is It Really Roy’s Signature On Those Photographs?
Here at RoyRogersWorld.com we are not experts on recognizing Roy Rogers’s authentic signature. We encourage you to investigate the authenticity of the signature on any item you might be interested in for yourself.
What Is A “Secretarial” Autograph?
The most common, current, definition of an “autograph” probably refers to the signature of a well known or famous person for the purpose of being a keepsake or memento. (An older, but still-in-use definition of an autograph refers to a document that is written entirely in the hand of its author.)
When a well known or famous person authorizes someone else to write their autograph for them, it is known as a “secretarial” autograph. This is often done as a matter of necessity: The famous person may simply have too many requests for their autograph for them to fill the need by themselves (think of movie stars or other celebrities sending out autographed photos to their fans).
There are other ways of substituting a handwritten autograph such as an “auto pen” machine. This type of machine mechanically signs autographs so people don’t have to. While this can be seen as a bit automated and impersonal, it is usually regarded more highly than some type of copy.
Recognizing Roy Rogers’ Authentic Signature, or Autograph
We’d like to make it clear that here at RoyRogersWorld.com we are not experts on autographs in general, or on Roy Rogers’ autograph in particular. We encourage you to investigate the authenticity of any autographed item of Roy’s you might be interested in for yourself.
A Few Roy Rogers Photos
Below are a few photos of Roy Rogers.
This photo is of Roy and what we think is the “original” Trigger. We think this horse is the original Trigger because he doesn’t appear to have stockings on all four legs (both Little Trigger and Trigger Jr., had stockings), and the white of his bald face completely covers his right nostril. For more information on Trigger, please see this page: Roy Rogers’ Horse, Trigger. The writing on the photo says: “Many Happy Trails to you always. Sincerely, Roy Rogers.”
This is a 1960 photo of Roy Rogers being held at gunpoint by a chimpanzee. The photo is from “The Chevy Show” which ran on the NBC network from 1956 to 1963. The show was hosted by entertainer Dinah Shore.