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See link for inspiration of this Idea. It states that the Postal
Service routinely photographs both the front and the back side
every envelope, to catch messages associated with drug-money
"drops". Well, obviously, ANY message you want to keep from
such prying, that you are forgetful enough
to not put on paper
inside the envelope, needs to be written on the edge of the
For the average person to do such a thing, a clamp and a special
pantograph is needed. An average pantograph lets you duplicate
what you write, but some will create magnified/"duplicate"
text, and some will create miniaturized/"duplicate" text. That
last type is what you need, to write on the edge of the clamped
To read the text, the recipient only needs a good magnifying
This Idea is Half-Baked simply because as soon as some Post
Office worker reads it, extra pictures of the envelope will be
taken. Ah, well.
Snooping on snail mail
As mentioned in the main text. [Vernon, Apr 23 2015]
||Write your message in ogham using the edge as the arris. Easy to read; but a photo will only show (at best) fragments of some letters.
||my son sent a package to his brother at camp which he labeled "contents: hot soup" . I imagine this caused quite a stir.
||It is my humble opinion that any and all lexiconographic additions to the fold will remain stationary.
||Why would an even feeble minded criminal write on the
outside of their envelope in such a way to reveal their
enterprise? I would believe that in the matter of sending
illicit monies some care would be taken to make minimally
obvious the purpose at hand.
||That gives me a great idea: an acerbic, past-middle aged academic genius must take on a life of crime. He quickly rises to dominate the enterprise, easily outthinking his poorly educated competition.
||wait - has this been done recently?
||I say nothing without a lawyer.
||I doubt they have the sophistication to cross-reference
envelopes. Send 4, with every 4th letter on each.