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11 July 2015 @ 03:16 pm
early modern letter-folding & sealing techniques  
Via Twitter, I have discovered the existence of this MIT-based project called "Letterlocking," on the history of letter-writing and letter security:


There are several videos that might be of interest to early modern peeps, including two based on letters of Donne's:

Letterlocking: John Donne's tuck and seal letter to Sir Nicholas Carew

The John Donne Lock

There's also a video called "Unlocking the Secrets of John Donne's Letters," but I haven't looked at that one yet:

I don't think I could have written letters in the Renaissance. I don't think I have enough spatial perception to fold them properly!