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Write with Invisible Ink



Shakespeare for Kids

John Cotgrave. Wits interpreter, the English Parnassus. London, 1655. 

To write with invisible ink, try the directions in a Folger manuscript from 1600:

Squeeze the juice out of a fresh lemon into a small bowl. Dip a quill pen or other pointed object into the juice and write your message on plain paper with it. Let the paper dry. To read the message, (have an adult) hold the paper near a flame (or any other source of heat, like a light bulb.) The message will appear as if by magic!

 

 
New booke, containing all sortes of handes usually written at this daie. London, 1611 (Detail)



Writing tables. London, 1604.





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