What is wrong with this picture?
Here, we have a weekly check stub from George Lewis, dated June 17, 1977 (with a [slightly] larger view of the handwriting below it):
The description of this item:
If you look closely, especially at the lower right corner of the first image (above), you can see that the long rectangular section of the check stub is affixed to an envelope, on which “GEORGE LEWIS” is seen in type.
And here (below), we have a weekly check stub from Mary Jenkins, dated June 17, 1977 (two larger views showing the handwriting):
And the description of this item:
Note that the check stub section is not affixed to an anvelope, and nowhere do we see the name “Mary Jenkins.” A recipe from Jenkins’s Graceland kitchen was included in the auction but that doesn’t give us any clue about the origin of the check stub. Also note that the item was supposedly obtained directly from Mary Jenkins by Person #3, who was asked to pursue the purchase by Person #2, who then passed it along to Person #1, who is the seller of the item.
The key point, though, of course, is that the handwriting on both check stubs is identical, meaning these are the same item. There is not one check stub from Lewis and one check stub from Jenkins; instead, there is one check stub and someone has not been truthful about the provenance. Take a look at the handwriting and compare the two check stubs…everything is identical.
So, what I am seeing in these two check stubs is that one appears to be George Lewis’s check stub, and is attached to an envelope bearing his name. (This was how check stubs were prepared by Vernon’s office staff; there are other examples of Lewis’s check stubs that are identicial to this example.) But with the Mary Jenkins check stub, we do not see the envelope, we do not see her name, and there is one huge red flag indicating the proper original owner of this item.
[These listings were on eBay.]