A crossed letter
This letter I have scanned, is dated 25th April, 1859, (which was Easter Sunday), and if it is printed off you read it first the way you would normally read a letter, ignoring the cross-written lines, then you turn the page 90 degrees, and read the cross writing, ignoring the first lines. It looks impossible at first glance, but once you get the knack of blocking out the different lines, it becomes legible.
The transcription begins:
My Dear Herb
the crossed lines continue from the other side of the letter....
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If you have a question about this letter, contact Eunice
Other letter linksThe following are an introduction to postal history which has been written by postal historians Ron and Eunice Shanahan.
These articles first appeared in 'Stamp News' and are kindly given to us for web publication by Eunice whose email is above. You can also find more of their letters on
Postal systems developed in a patchwork fashion
1650 - 1850