The eBay seller reports:
Louis Armstrong performed in Ludington, Michigan on July 24, 1962. My husband and then girlfriend went to the concert. Satchmo signed my husband’s hanky and his girlfriend’s under-slip. The hanky has never been washed and is a bit yellowed as you can see. Newspaper article is included as proof.
Here is the link: ten bids so far.
What I want to know is what became of the “then girlfriend” and the young man whose handkerchief it was. And is the seller now his widow? A short story, barely submerged, exists.
Where’s the under-slip? I have the mental picture of Louis autographing that.
And for the Corrections Officials: no, it’s not one of Louis’ handkerchiefs. But it is as close as we have gotten so far. The signature looks authentic, and the green pen adds seriousness to the enterprise.
May your happiness increase!