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X-Rays Help Scientists Read ‘Letterlocked’ Renaissance Mail – Gizmodo

In a unique application of X-ray technology, researchers have virtually unfolded 324-year-old “letterlocked” mail to circumvent the often damaging process of a…



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In July 1697, Jacques Sennacques of Lille, France, scribbled off a missive to his merchant cousin, Pierre le Pers, in The Hague. The subject of discussion was a death certificate for their relative, a topic which the cousins had discussed previously but le Pers had neglected to follow up on. The letter was the Renaissance equivalent of a per my previous email, and it was only just read for the first time since it was sealed 324 years ago.
But though it was read, the letter remains unopened. Its…

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