SECRETS OF HISTORICAL LETTER WRITING or How to Lock your Letters

A rare unopened example of a locked letter, with red crayon marking the postage cost (Credit: Unlocking History Research Group)
A rare unopened example of a locked letter, with red crayon marking the postage cost (Credit: Unlocking History Research Group)

Richard Fisher (16 June 2021) posted a terrific article giving insight as to how a postal-free delivery system in the 1200-1850s kept correspondence from prying eyes. This task required ingenuity and adept eye-hand coordination.

In my newest book (working title: The Spinster, the Rebel, and the Governor) about pre-colonial Maryland (1638-1648), the Brent family receives packets of correspondence from home, but the father keeps his correspondence from snoopy eyes by sealing his folded letters with wax and stamped with his seal.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210616-how-the-forgotten-tricks-of-letterlocking-shaped-history

If you try any of these, please come back to this page and let me know. How fun!

About Char of inkydancestudios

Writer by nature and for the soul. Educator for life. Artist for love. Passion: All things good and true.
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