Michael 5260 for Joe
Re: Boad Nelly note spelling
Fri Jan 18, 2019 18:19
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In Haring's book (p.75) there is a photograph of the Boad Nelly ransom note. On page (72) there is a photograph of the preceding "cross the street..." directional note. When the two are compared it is noticeable that the Boad Nelly note is smaller than the preceding directional note.

The right side edge of the Boad Nelly note is also irregular and rough in appearance. This piece of paper may also be another torn piece taken from a larger sheet of stationery.

The best way to find out for certain to examine the original Boad Nelly note. If it was not torn all four edges of the note should be sharply cut just the way the paper came from the paper manufacturer. If the paper was torn there will be three sharply cut edges and one edged that will be jagged and feathered. You can't miss it.

In order to compare the surfaces of the ransom notes to one another you first have to determine the front and the back of the notes. Paper does have a front and a back to it (top or bottom is another way of saying it) so you need to be comparing the same sides with one another in order to observe sameness or difference.

A stereoscopic microscope at 8X to 10X magnification is enough magnification to study and compare the surfaces of the paper. This kind of microscope will provide a three-dimensional view of the paper. A little transmitted light and oblique lighting is also helpful. I used all three techniques when I analyzed the Nursery note and the March 4 ransom note.

During the analysis you are going to be comparing(side-by-side) the paper patterns, weaves, and textures of the surfaces in order to determine if they are the same or different.

Let me quickly clarify the front and back aspect of paper. When you examine the Nursery note and the March 4 ransom you have to place the Nursery note "salutation side up" and the March 4 ransom note "salutation side down." Now the two ransom notes are properly orientated for an analysis of the paper patterns.


  • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingJoe for Michael 5260, Thu Jan 17 11:00
    Michael, I asked Mark Falzini my question. To his knowledge, the only two ransom notes compared with each other for linen stock, were the nursery note and ransom note one, which of course were... more
    • Re: Boad Nelly note spelling — Michael 5260 for Joe, Fri Jan 18 18:19
      • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingJoe for Michael 5260, Sat Jan 19 13:01
        Michael, over the years, Haring's book is the one I've used to determine some of the dimensions within the ransom notes, ie. distance between punched holes and width / height. With most of the notes, ... more
        • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingJoe for Michael 5260, Sat Jan 19 13:13
          Sorry, I clicked Send message before I meant to. And correction on the size of the ransom notes. I calculate them at about 6-1/8" in width by 7" in height each. The Boad Nelly note appears to be... more
          • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingMichael 5260 for Joe, Sun Jan 20 08:57
            I measured the Boad Nelly note and the preceding directional note to within 1/16 of an inch. Here are the measurements. Boad Nelly note: Height- 3 14/16(7/8) inches Width- 4 13/16 inches Directional... more
            • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingJoe for Michael 5260, Sun Jan 20 10:17
              Michael, I got similar measurements from the images in Haring's book, which I then used to determine the actual size of the notes, from the enclosed measurement scale. I also found a very similar... more
              • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingMichael 5260 for Joe, Sun Jan 20 11:55
                One time Kelvin Keraga and I had a discussion about the ransom notes. We started wondering what the stationery looked like when it was taken from the box. After much speculating we arrived at a... more
                • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingJoe for Michael 5260, Sun Jan 20 15:20
                  Michael, I believe you and Kelvin are correct about the writing paper used for the ransom notes. Many years ago, I bid and lost (don't ask) on an original and unopened pack of 1930's Fifth Avenue... more
                  • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingMichael 5260 for Joe, Sun Jan 20 17:35
                    It's hard to tell from the photograph but the top, bottom, and left hand sides of the Boad Nelly note may be factory cut edges. If so, Hauptmann did turn the paper on its side when he wrote the note. ... more
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