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Container Egg for Secret Messages

Container Egg for Secret Messages

Secret Writing Techniques

Added 2 months ago | 00:06:10 | 1558 views

Giambattista della Porta's "Magiae Naturalis" (1558; 1644 ed. Book 16-Chapter IV) and Thomas Lupton’s “A Thousand Notable Things” (1579) give a step by step description how to secrete letters in eggs: "To put a Shedule, or lytle wrytin...

Amalia von Solms’s Holograph Letter to Eleonore de Volvire: A Letter of Condolence, 1670

Amalia von Solms’s Holograph Letter...


Added 12 months ago | 00:04:28 | 3528 views

Amalia’s letter to Eleonore de Volvire is one of condolence, as Eleonore’s husband, François de l’Aubespine (1584-1670), Marquis de Hauterive-Châteauneuf and governor of Breda since 1639, has just died. The black sealing wax and black fl...

Elizabeth Stuart Deciphering Sir Thomas Roe’s Letter: Cryptography, 1626

Elizabeth Stuart Deciphering Sir Th...


Added 12 months ago | 00:01:53 | 5328 views

Elizabeth Stuart used ciphers, special codes that need a key to unlock them, to hide information from prying eyes. So far seven of her keys, typically alphabets of 24 letters – in seventeenth-century script i/j and u/v were interchangeab...

Iron Gall Ink: A Quick and Easy Method

Iron Gall Ink: A Quick and Easy Method


Added 12 months ago | 00:04:45 | 3912 views

2.0g gum arabic crystals 10.0g of oak galls 2.5g iron sulfate 1. Dissolve the gum arabic in water making a light, sticky solution, set aside. 2. Crush two galls (they look like nuts) with a hammer. Place them in a litre beaker and co...

Sir Francis Nethersole and Elizabeth Stuart, sometime Queen of Bohemia: A Secretarial Letter, 1628

Sir Francis Nethersole and Elizabet...


Added 12 months ago | 00:06:06 | 3004 views

Writing an early modern letter was often a co-operative enterprise, and a queen might just as well delegate the entire job to her secretary as dictate it to him. Here Sir Francis prepares a letter for Elizabeth's approval, writing the co...

A Tiny Spy Letter: Constantijn Huygens to Amalia von Solms, 1635

A Tiny Spy Letter: Constantijn Huyg...


Added 12 months ago | 00:04:43 | 4166 views

Complete with silk floss and wax, this is on of the smallest pleated letters known to exist. Keeping Amalia von Solms informed of her husband's movements required great discretion: whatever Frederick Henry, the High Commander of the Dutc...

The Robot's Grasp

The Robot's Grasp

Class of 2007

Added over 8 years ago | 00:04:57 | 28319 views

A short documentary about Aaron Edsinger's humanoid robot, Domo. By Ada Brunstein, Christine Hoekenga, and Elizabeth Quill.