Researchers ‘virtually unfold’ 17th-century unopened letter

The World

Before envelopes were commonly available, people used to use "letter locking" to seal their messages from prying eyes — that's when you fold a piece of paper in such a way that it becomes, essentially, its own envelope. Using high-tech scanning and a computer algorithm, a team of multidisciplinary researchers has "virtually unfolded" one such sealed letter, written in the 17th century but never opened. Amanda McGowan has the story.

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