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Knowledge Is Powe

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World War I cryptographers trained by William and Elizebeth Friedman, Aurora, Illinois, early 1918. By facing either forward or sideways, the soldiers formed a coded phrase utilizing Francis Bacon’s biliteral cipher. The intended message was the Baconian motto “Knowledge is power,” but there were insufficient people to complete the r (and the w was compromised by one soldier looking the wrong way).

Originally accompanying "How to Make Anything Signify Anything" by William H. Sherman in issue 40. Read Sherman's essay here. See a decoded version here.

poster, 8 x 26 inches, sent rolled in tube

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