Transfer of Pencil Writing by Cellophane Tape

    Volume 25, Issue 2 (April 1980)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 April 1980

    Page Count: 5

    Carney, BB
    Examiner of questioned documents, United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, Fort Gordon, Ga.

    (Received 2 March 1979; accepted 10 September 1979)


    This study explores the susceptibility of pencil writings to being transferred when transparent cellophane tape is used as the conveying agent. Comparative examinations of transferred pencil signatures with genuine pencil signatures disclosed that a transferred signature could be mistakenly identified as an original writing. The identification of characteristics inherent to transferred writing is discussed. The study seeks to acquaint the questioned document examiner with pitfalls intrinsic to the examination of pencil writings covered by cellophane tape.

    Paper ID: JFS12149J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12149J

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    Title Transfer of Pencil Writing by Cellophane Tape
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    Committee E30