In this post we will look at one particular postcard and some of the aspects that could be of interest. By default we will see just how and where information or codes could be hidden.
Here's the postcard in question, it is from a Gentleman who has been on a tour of South America in 1943. From his writing style and the content it seems that he is well educated and able to afford what would be an expensive holiday especially in those times. There is another very interesting aspect to this card which we will discuss at the end of this post.
Be aware that miniature writing is just that, very small and you will need to look carefully.
A second highlighted area within the first shows another interesting set of lines but this time they don't run diagonally, they run left to right
Here we are looking at the address side of the postcard. It was known that agents would sometimes hide smaller letters or numbers within larger ones and thus three areas have been highlighted within specific letters that show promise. Zoom in when you're ready.
The line of dots is also of interest, this could contain a set of letters/numbers. and that's why it has been highlighted.
I did say at the beginning that there was another interesting aspect about this Postcard. I did a check on arrivals into Australia from 1920 onwards to see if the writer of the card had met up with the recipient during an earlier visit. There was no record of this person ever having made a trip to Australia that I could find.
Similarly I checked to see whether the recipient had ever left Australia which could explain how they knew each other. There was no record of the recipient ever having left Australia that I could find.
There is a need to be cautious here, there were other ways that people could get to know each other, in those days Pen Pals were common so that could be one avenue. They could have been related in some way, but again no record turned up in my brief search.
A final word or three, in this exercise we have looked at just a few of the areas on the card that were of interest, there are more and I would be very interested to hear of your findings.