Anecdotes from Asia on seals versus signatures on official documents.
Posted on October 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM
It's only relatively recently that unique signatures were used in the west.
Most documents used to be signed with a cross, not because the person couldn't write their name - but because a christian had to sign with a christian cross to show that the were being truthful.
It was the job of the witness to confirm that the particular person was the one making the statement.
@Marc Thibault - the Canadian govt used to require you to attach a seal, but then Greenpeace made a fuss about it
You could write "this is not a fake" on the blank paper before you printed the print on top of it - then X-ray it to authenticate
Idea stolen from Dr Who story involving the Mona Lisa, Leonardo and a time machine.
Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.