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A Facebook user has posted a number of scans of a 19th century pocket lexicon with about 80 pages of code in it. Can a reader solve it?

Civil-War-Era-Bovine-bar

The Museum für Kommunikation in Frankfurt owns a cipher tool from the 19th century. Not much is known about it. Can a reader find out more?

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In 1863, during the US Civil War, a Union soldier wrote a letter to an unknown recipient. This letter is encoded in a shorthand, probably Pitman. Can a reader decipher it?