For example, the Parker Duofold Big Red used by General Douglas MacArthur to sign a surrender document aboard USS Missouri – effectively signalling the end of the Second World War – is now proudly displayed at the Cheshire Military Museum in Chester.
But is this where ink pens and hand-written signatures now belong – in museums?
On 1 July 2016, the European Union implemented new rules for electronic signatures, giving them the same legal weight as their “wet” – or ink-based – written counterparts.
The new eIDAS (European Identity and Trust Services) regulation has effectively put an end to a confusing patchwork of laws, making them consistent across every EU country… More at the BBC.
I genuinely cannot remember when I last signed my name.