If you ask Leon Castner “What’s a holograph?” and he’ll say, “It’s all Greek to me.” He’s right!
Holograph come from the Greek words “graph” (writing) and “holo” (with the hand).
Ask Daniel Webster, and the old dictionary writer would probably reply, “It’s a document written entirely in the handwriting of the person whose signature it bears.” Way to go, Dan! And although you might be tempted to confuse them with holoGRAMS, holoGRAPHS are a very collectible kind of autograph.
While he was in office, President Lyndon Johnson may have signed lots of legislation, but he hardly ever wrote anything entirely by hand. That’s why an LBJ holograph letter may be worth 10 times more than a similar piece of correspondence produced on a typewriter, but with his signature. (Remember, in Lyndon’s day, they didn’t use computers the same way we do today!)