Handwriting by Paul H. Young, July 1948.
Handwriting by Paul H. Young, November 1949.
Handwriting by Don E. West, November 1950.
Handwriting by Paul H. Young, November 1951.
Handwriting by Jack Young (?), September 1953.
Handwriting by Paul H. Young, April 1955.
Handwriting possibly by Paul H. Young, 1958.
Handwriting by Jack Young, October 1960
Handwriting by Bob Summers, 2009 rod refinish.
Handwriting by Todd Young, 1990's.
Handwriting on an E.W. Edwards-built " late 1920's "Prosperity" rod built for, rather than by, Paul Young. On the rod shaft, the writing is all on one flat, but here has been split in two to magnify detail.
Handwriting on an E.W. Edwards-built " circa 1935 "Prosperity" rod built for, rather than by, Paul Young.
PHY rods of the late 1940's and earlier are often marked an ink stamp of the model name, rather than a handwritten identification. This is the stamp for a PHY Special built by Paul H. Young.
I have seen this identification sticker on only two rods. This one is on a 9'6", 3-piece rod. Inked handwriting on the next flat below (hard to see in this photo) is much later and documents refinishing of the rod by Bob Summers.
The caps on cap-and-ring and screwlock reel seats are usually (but not always) marked with what I call the "Detroit" stamp. Inset within a rectangle are two lines of text: PAUL H. YOUNG CO. / DETROIT - MICH. The cap may have no other decoration (left - pocketed cap) or may have diagonal, coin-edge knurling (right - non-pocketed cap). The "Detroit" stamp continued to be used even after the PHY Company moved to Traverse City, Michigan.