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NEW YORK – Unless the typewriter used to type Barack Obama’s purported Hawaiian “Certificate of Live Birth” in 1961 was magically capable of producing different size and shaped images with the exact same key, the document released by the White House April 27 is a forgery, says a professional typographer with 50 years experience.
“Steel-stamped letters do not expand to larger sizes and morph into different styles of type,” retired New York City typographer Paul Irey told WND.
As WND previously reported, it would be impossible for the different letters that appear in the Obama birth certificate to have been typed by one typewriter, according to Irey.
“These are irrefutable proofs of forgery,” he said.
His newest analysis suggests the document was assembled from images of letters or words taken from other documents.
“The forger who produced the Obama Hawaii long-form birth certificate may have thought that all typewriter typeface styles were alike,” he said.
“To get his letters, the forger must have understood that he needed to copy the old typewriter styles,” he continued. “So the forger probably scanned a bunch of old birth certificates, without realizing that the letters in the old files were from different typewriter styles. That’s why the letters in the forged document do not match each other.”
Irey used as a source document the Xerox copy of the Obama birth certificate the White House press staff handed to the press assembled in the White House pressroom on April 27, as seen in Exhibit 1:
From this source, Irey extracted individual typed letters and prepared a chart listing each typed letter that appeared in the document identified in the chart with a unique number identifier, as seen in Exhibit 2:
In Exhibit 3, Irey advanced his previously published analysis by comparing the two letters, #144 and #146, used to form the name “Barack” in Box 8, “Name of the Father,” and explained they are not identical, such that the one is significantly bigger than the other.
“Why then is #144 significantly bigger than #146, if the same typewriter key struck both?” Irey asked.
Exhibit 3: 1st set typeface comparisons from the Obama long-form birth certificate released by the White House, April 27, 2011
Exhibit 4 extends the analysis to four additional letters from the Obama birth certificate, with the width of each letter measured and compared to make clear the size difference in the typeface.
As seen with the “s” in “Hussein” compared to the “s” in “Stanley,” the typeface differs not only in size, but also in kind, with the serif differences leading to the conclusion that more than one typewriter was used to create the document.
Exhibit 4: 2nd set typeface comparisons from the Obama long-form birth certificate released by the White House, April 27, 2011
In Exhibit 5, Irey notes that the two different “t” letters in the word “Student” are particularly noteworthy.
“As a typographer I could see no reason for a different style of letter within the same word,” Irey commented regarding the two different “t” letters used in typing the word “Student,” a peculiarity seen in the last example presented in Exhibit 5.
Exhibit 5: 3rd set typeface comparisons from the Obama long-form birth certificate released by the White House, April 27, 2011
In Exhibit 6, Irey summarizes his argument: “If all the letters are from the same typewriter, why don’t they match?”
Exhibit 6: Typeface analysis: Summary of argument Obama long-form birth certificate, White House Release, April 27, 2011.
“It’s been some 30 years since we have used typewriters to produce documents,” Irey noted. “Computers have replaced the typewriter and give us great advantages in document preparation. There is no need to understand the old typewriter – except when you need to forge a typewritten document.”