Despite the obvious fact that the birth certificate floating around the Internet taken from a filing in the Hollander v McCain lawsuit is a very clumsy forgery, there are folks who doggedly support it, including one fellow who submitted a comment to this blog via email. I’ve written about the McCain certificate a few times already, pointing out that the fonts are different for McCain specific information than from other parts of the form, for example the font used for time of birth is different from the font used for date of birth.
Despite my attempts to point this out, I got this in reply:
I did focus on the numbers 6 and 3 and [they] are no bigger or smaller than the 29 digits or the month August. They did not have fonts in 1936. Only typewriters. You did not look at the birth certificate or the one from retirement from the Navy. While it could appear in typed words or letter to be higher or lower as something is type to the right that is only paper is not perfectly lined up when inserted into a typewriter. I magnified by 400 and could see nothing.
I tried to explain that typewriters do have fonts, which relate to the shape of the letters, and pointed out exactly what was different, the date and time of birth. I suggested that if he couldn’t see that he ask someone else to look at it with him, to which I received this:
typewriter do not have fonts. They have keys one for a capital and one for lower case. I increased the numbers 400 times and saw numbers. It is clearly a printed and numbered form for typing birth [records] like the one I have which was done in Idaho in 1939. You are full of crap and do not write me again.
Following are the two examples of the number 6 that he couldn’t find different.
Who is so deafe, or so blynde, as is hee, That wilfully will nother here nor see.
[1546 J. Heywood Dialogue of Proverbs ii. ix. K4]