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A Sixty-Eight Year Old Code: A Photo That Should Have Never Been Taken

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I admit, yesterday’s cipher, courtesy of the FBI and the Life Magazine photo archive, is neat, but not really all that exciting. That’s okay, because what I’ve got today is immensely awesome: An example of a pre-war German espionage code.

No, really…

The information for this picture says it was taken in 1941, and shows “An agent of the FBI decoding a message that was encrypted using the anagram encryption method”. Except… I’m fairly sure that’s wrong, and cool as the caption would be, were that true, reality, I believe you’ll find, is even better.

The date is July 24th, 1940. The place, the New York City Field Office of the FBI. The memo, from Director Hoover, is short and cryptic:

CLEARANCE AUTHORIZED FOR FOLLOWING MESSAGE: “DUNN SAYS FOUR BA

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Added: Dec-4-2008 
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