Eight words and a question mark. That’s the content of an old encrypted postcard from New York City. Can a reader decipher it?
Most of all, Tobias is a friend of mine. And he has provided me lots of interesting input for this blog. For instance, earlier this week, he sent me scans of an encrypted postcard. Here’s the address side:
Apparently, the recipient was a Miss Emily Thomas, living in 438 East 35th Street in New Nork City. Today, this place is located next to the NYU Medical Center in Manhattan …
… and in the neighborhood of both the United Nations Headquarters and the Empire State Building.
Here’s the picture side of the card with the encrypted text:
The picture shows the Battery Park, a famous public park located at the southern tip of Manhattan, …
… close to the World Trade Center and James Lacey’s encrypted gravestone.
The postcard is not dated. However, I found a card with the same motive written in 1906. The card in question here might have been sent at about the same time. My guess is that the sender was the spouse of the recipient and that the cleartext is a love message (readers of this blog will know that most encrypted postcards were written by young men to their loved ones).