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Thread #139575   Message #3202270
Posted By: Big Ballad Singer
05-Aug-11 - 05:34 PM
Thread Name: Lead Belly's autograph
Subject: Lead Belly's autograph
I have a chance (maybe) to own an item that is purported to be signed by Lead Belly. I have seen pictures of the item, and the signature on it. I don't want to describe the item in too much detail yet, but I have two major questions. One is whether the item in question was made before Lead Belly's death, which is still not determined. The other question is whether the autograph is legit.

Now, I know Huddie Ledbetter was illiterate for most of his life; he learned to write (and I suppose, to read) later on, from what I gather. I am sure that he wrote, because I have seen letters and envelopes in his handwriting. The problem is that I have never seen a personal signature nor an "autograph" (which in many people's cases is more stylized than a personal signature) from Mr. Ledbetter.

Does anyone have a link to a picture of a signature or autograph from Huddie Ledbetter? Thanks in advance... I am really excited to possibly be *this* close to owning some music history.