Blog reader Rosemarie Kohles from Coburg owns an old postcard written in a shorthand. Can somebody decrypt it for her?
Callenberg Castle (Schloss Callenberg) is a castle on a wooded hill near Coburg, Germany. Like the famous Neuenschwanstein, the Hohenzollern and a few other German castles, Callenberg Castle is mainly a design of the 19th century. This means that it was not built for strategic purposes, but for representation and fun of architecture.
About a hundred years ago (I don’t know the exact date), an unknown person from the Coburg area sent a postcard showing Callenberg Castle to some recipient. The text of the postcard is written in a shorthand. This postcard was provided to me by Rosemarie Kohles from Coburg. Ms. Kohles would like to learn the cleartext of this message.
I’m not an expert of shorthands, but I know that in Germany, there were once about 20 different shorthand systems competing. In the early 20th century, the Gabelsberger shorthand was the most popular one. The shorthand on this postcard looks pretty much like Gabelsberger to me. The Deutsche Einheitskurzschrift (DEK), which became very popular after 1924, looks different.
Can somebody find out more?
Further reading: Two unsolved encrypted postcards from London and Chicago