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Re: Handwriting Examples by Letter (post 'em here, please)
« Reply #60 on: March 06, 2012, 08:55:10 pm »
The navigation officer on HMS Glory has a nasty habit of producing the horizontal stroke on his '7' with a strange squiggle in it (there's probably a calligraphic term for it!).  This makes it look very much like a hastily written '4'.  Often, I would swear it is a '4' (particularly in the barometer height) until you look at the trend in the numbers.  Fortunately his '4' is usually written distinctively.  I suspect that the final analysis of the log pages will show quite a mixture of 4s and 7s.  I've seen this squiggly version of a '7' on several other vessels, but never as distorted as it is on the 'Glory'.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-43039/ADM%2053-43039-065_1.jpg
The barometer heights at 4pm and 8pm are both '29/73'; his '4' is seen in the bulb temperature at 4pm.

This gentleman also has an interesting take on an 'M' - see 'Mourners' at 1pm.

... I've had a useful morning translating his handwriting that has had me a little confused (a lot of logs had to be fixed).  His 'N' has a similar flourish to his 'M'.  That's 'Nigeria' at 0800 on this page:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-43039/ADM%2053-43039-066_0.jpg

HA! Have a look at this 7 and M ;)

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Re: Handwriting Examples by Letter (post 'em here, please)
« Reply #61 on: March 06, 2012, 08:56:25 pm »
Thanks!  What a quick response.  I was thrown by the script because 1. He doesn't use capital N's a lot and 2. The wind had been consistently coming from a southern and/or easterly direction. lol  Silly me!  A bit off topic, but has anyone been tagging the "Number on Sick List"?

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Re: Handwriting Examples by Letter (post 'em here, please)
« Reply #62 on: March 06, 2012, 08:59:02 pm »
« Last Edit: March 06, 2012, 09:04:04 pm by randi_2 »

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Re: Handwriting Examples by Letter (post 'em here, please)
« Reply #63 on: March 06, 2012, 09:00:43 pm »
It's especially interesting in the latter part of 1918, when you can often see clearly the effects of the Spanish flu - some ships had enormous numbers sick (and sadly often deaths too).

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Re: Handwriting Examples by Letter (post 'em here, please)
« Reply #64 on: September 15, 2012, 04:19:15 pm »
S's and L's can be confused.  The attached says:
    Steamer "Rodgers"
    St. Lawrence Bay, Siberia

My eyes want to read it as "Liberia" - not at all the same thing. ;D

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Re: Handwriting Examples by Letter (post 'em here, please)
« Reply #65 on: April 28, 2013, 11:31:20 am »
Hello,

I have not a problem to recognize the letter... Just a problem of digit.
In the attached image extracted from USS Jamestown (1866) - vol019of067_060, I can't decide what digit corresponds to the red highlighted symbol !
Not really a '3' and not really a '2'. Any idea to help me ?

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Re: Handwriting Examples by Letter (post 'em here, please)
« Reply #66 on: April 28, 2013, 12:09:39 pm »
I would go for 2.
The bottom of a 3 goes in the opposite direction.

The numbers are difficult. I had trouble reading them when we were looking at knots and fathoms.

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Re: Handwriting Examples by Letter (post 'em here, please)
« Reply #67 on: April 28, 2013, 04:06:51 pm »
The one consistency in all the other digits is the direction of the bottom stroke - they all point in the correct direction of the intended digit.  "2" is the only digit the points that direction.

Very difficult handwriting here.