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Stamps are intended as payment for
sending a letter containing a message, in any language to anyone. But the
way of affixing the stamp to the cover can also have a specific meaning in
itself that might express a "Hidden Message" intended only for the
recipient, regardless of the letter's content. In the early days of
postage stamps, Danish citizens invented such a hidden language, which has been
beautifully "summarized" on the below postcard, and which may serve as some
sort of dictionary for understanding.
The Danish term "Frimærkesprog"
means " Stamp Language". The postcard shows the Danish
coat of arms on a grey background, decorated with 11 early (printed) Danish
stamps affixed in such a way that they each show their own message to the
recipient. The stamps have nothing to do with current postage rates for
that time; they serve only to show how to communicate the hidden message.
Green 5-ore stamp:
Red 10-ore stamp:
Please respond soonest.
Violet 15-ore stamp:
Where do we meet?
Dark-blue 4-ore stamp:
Red 2-ore stamp:
Meet me as usual!
Sepia 25-ore stamp:
Dark-blue 20-ore stamp:
Write to me soon!
Grey 3-ore stamp:
I love you!
Orange 1-ore stamp:
Do you still love me!?
Yellow-brown 100-ore stamp:
Have you forgotten me!?
The stamps used for this
hidden language indicate that it must have been in use right before WWI, and
then forgotten. For collectors' interest the displayed stamps are shown below in
order of appearance from my own collection. For the convenience of Danish
collectors I have mentioned the Danish catalogue numbers.
Denmark 1905. Scott # 70.
Denmark 1905. Scott # 65.
Denmark 1905. Scott # 63.
Denmark 1905. Scott # 60. AFA 45.
Denmark 1905. Scott # 58. AFA 43.
Denmark 1907. Scott # 75. AFA 57.
Denmark 1907. Scott # 74. AFA 56.
Denmark 1905. Scott # 59. AFA 44.
Denmark 1905. Scott # 57. AFA 42.
Denmark 1905. Scott # 69. AFA 51.
Denmark 1905. Scott # 68. AFA 50.
I wonder whether other
countries have developed a similar "language" related to postage
stamps and would welcome any information about this subject.