Journey of an autograph: from scratchy scribble to no-nonsense signature 4 Comments

Journey of an autograph: from scratchy scribble to no-nonsense signature

Check out F Scott Fitzgerald’s signature as it morphs (animorphs? look who’s morphing? morpheus?) during his ‘formative’ years:

Taken from his baby book, Fitzgerald’s mother (presumably) had him sign his name for most years between the ages of five and twenty-one. So, from closely analysing and ruminating on these few scribbles, what can we say about the man? Of course, absolutely nothing.

But then again, Fitzgerald was named after a famous female cousin – can we see a bit of a girlish lilt to his early signatures? No, you idiot.

But, he was expelled from school in his middle teens – can we see him here at fifteen accepting the ‘Frances’ of his name, possibly also accepting himself and his natural rebelliousness? No, are you kidding?

But, at twenty and twenty-one, Fitzgerald signs serious, adult autographs with the full force of a heavy ink pen – can we link this to his becoming a man, opting to enlist in the First World War and shouldering a fuller burden of responsibility for life in general? No, no, no – what are you – a two-bit psychologist?

Silliness, really.

Thanks to @Meanjin and @MaudNewton for the link to the image at Walk While Reading.

  • Kat Muscat

    Oh thanks Cooney. Now I’ve just spent valuable essay-writing time rediscovering my passion for Animorphs. Man, that gets quite dark (obviously my flakiness extends back to children’s series):

    “Applegate cycles through the six protagonists, telling their story of the secret war through each of their perspectives. By using this, she explores many of the dark aspects of the human condition. Horror, war, dehumanization, sanity, morality, innocence, leadership, and growing up are core motifs of the series”

    Also, Tobias was a babe. Even when he was turned semi-permanently into a hawk.
    Okay, I think I’ve embarrassed myself enough now. Back to Woolf.

    …hehe, Animorphs. Wolf.

  • Sam Cooney

    How good is/was Animorphs?! i sorta snuck it into this post hoping a little fish would grab the bait, and bite away you did.

    Tobias was the best, by a country. He was the darkest of the six characters, and his split hawk/person personality was written really well.

    And one of the protagonists was an alien – Aximili. Remember that? Wow. As Celine Dion said, it’s all coming back to me now.

    I only ever read the books – never watched the TV series,. I stumbled across it a couple of times on the ABC but it just wasn’t something that could translate to television, especially with the shit special effects they used.

    I reckon I read most, if not all of the books (50+). Crazy adolescent reading appetite.

  • Daniel Hogan

    I had a similar thirst for the Goosebumps books. Remember when they attempted to make that into a television series?

  • Jenna

    I got pretty into the TV series when I was a kid, but never read the books (was in too cool for school phase and had designated reading as “gay”).

    Agreed – Tobias was clearly where it was at. Didn’t watch it for long enough to know whether he and Rachel got together. Being trapped as a hawk was probably an obstacle…

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