Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Enzo Ferrari's Penmanship

Enzo Ferrari conducted all of his correspondence in violet ink. But why? Was it so that readers would know it was from him, and not a fake? 


  1. I used to get postcards from him every year that said, "Buon Capo d'Anno" in that distinctive purple ink. He also inscribed the Ferrari yearbooks in the same ink. At first I thought my younger sisters had written in them with their Crayons!

  2. I think it was, like many of his idiosyncracies, an affectation mean to aggrandize him. Don't forget that purple is traditionally a "royal" color. I am sure that was not coincidental.