Michael 5260 for Joe
Re: Boad Nelly note spelling
Sun Jan 20, 2019 08:57
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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 note:

Height- 6 5/16 inches

Width- 4 13/16 inches

When the ransom notes were photographed their images would have been first taken at 1:1 (life-size). From the negatives you can proceed to make enlargements if you need to for handwriting exhibit purposes.

If we want to be absolutely certain about the measurements of the Boad Nelly note and the preceding directional note the original documents have to be measured. What we are measuring here are facsimiles. They have good legibility but they are reproductions. Also, the book publishing process can introduce variations in measurement.The Haring book I have is copyright 1937, The Recorder Press, Plainfield, NJ, The Hamer Publishing Company, Plainfield, NJ, 1937.

After measuring both ransom notes in Haring's book I've concluded that there are similarities and differences in the measurements of the two notes. The heights of the two notes are different but the widths are the same. This easily tells us the Boad Nelly note is indeed smaller. No guesswork.

Based on the irregularity and jaggedness of the right edge of the Boad Nelly note and that it is smaller in size when compared to the preceding directional note, it is highly probable the Boad Nelly note was torn from a larger piece of stationery. Also, it is probable that Hauptmann turned the piece of paper sideways when he wrote the Boad Nelly note. That is why the writing arrangement on the paper is different. The note wasn't written from the top to the bottom as the directional note was written.

Joe, I can't help but think how all this stuff would start to put a jury to sleep. (;-)

  • 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 spelling — Michael 5260 for Joe, Sun Jan 20 08:57
      • 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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