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Clark Gable Signs a Short Snorter

short snorter billWhen I was a kid, I was told that it was illegal to deface money by writing on it. Well during WWII it was patriotic and good luck when done by servicemen before going into battle. This was a custom as everyone on a mission would sign the bills and they would carry the bills with them.

But Big Hoss asks what a short snorter is as Amy explains that she’s got one to sell to the pawn stars. A shorter was a nickname for a shot of liquor and I can only guess that drinking accompanied the signing of these bills. What makes this one so special was that it was signed by Clark Gable! It turns out that Amy’s uncle flew with Clark Gable in WWII and it’s been in her family ever since.

Clark Gable

  • William Clark Gable stared in 81 films during his lifetime of 1901 – 1960
  • Clark Gable actually called President FDR and asked to enlist at the age of 40 after losing his wife and mother in a plane cash
  • Clark Gable flew on bombing missions over Nazi Germany and earned a Flying Cross Medal

Rick thinks that Hitler had a reward posted for the capture of Clark Gable and he recognized that this dollar bill had value. The thing is, is Clark Gable’s signature real and what would it be worth?

Later, as Drew the handwriting expert noted that all of the 4 peculiarities of Clark Gable’s  signature were there; he proclaimed the signature on this short snorter to be authentic.  However, Amy was hoping to see $5000 for this and Drew places the value at about $500. Rick’s $100 offer isn’t accepted as Amy thinks that she can do better.

3 Responses to Clark Gable Signs a Short Snorter

  1. Lynn Boyd says:

    How come the Clark Gable signed dollar note was not stated that the bill was also a STAR NOTE which
    might have been valued more than his signature?

  2. larry says:

    I guess that it wasn’t noticed. Perhaps they need an expert on currency! Thanks for pointing that out.

  3. Tom Sparks says:

    Star notes really do not add anything to the value of short snorters. Generally, it’s all about who signed the note and why. What adds to the value are dates, places, events (ie, “Enroute Saipan to Tokyo 29 Aug 1945 for Surrender of Japanese”) and any provenance that can verify the authenticity. What’s really cool is to find a veteran still living who signed a short snorter during WW2!

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