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Another look at the code

How old can a child be before he can write?

Robin Thomson was sixteen months old in November 1948

Mother and son.

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  1. пожалуйста #

    Without laying claim to any expertise in this area, I’d suggest that the code page script, particularly in the bottom half, shows signs of real meaning.

    There’s an increase of pace below the double lines. The lettering angles forward more aggressively. By the time we reach the second half of the final line, around the point of the ‘S’, we’ve practically broken into a run: the script is hasty, untidy. Its spacing is more dense.

    When we reach the final three letters (‘GAB’) we seem to have gone from the methodical, deliberate and abstract block writing of the earlier paragraphs to an almost cursive, joined-up script. To me, that’s about pace but also about meaning: those letters are joined because they belong together.

    And then that final flourish. Triumph? Excitement? Relief? Definitely an expression of emotion about the meaning of the text.

    Whatever the ‘code’ is, it’s deliberate and meaningful to the author.

    May 11, 2020
  2. Some have commented that the final flourish is an expression of emotion by the poor sod instructed to colour the thing in …

    May 11, 2020
    • пожалуйста #

      Hard to believe even ’40s Adelaide plod were that unprofessional?

      May 12, 2020
  3. It mustn’t have occurred to SAPOL to show Harkness a copy of the code … nor did Feltus. Poor show that.

    May 12, 2020

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