Letterlocking: The Letterlocking Love Bug/Lorraine’s letter, USA (1960s)
Many of us know how to make a paper fortune teller (a.k.a. cootie catcher) from childhood, but did you know if you make a few more folds, it turns into a secret message keeper? We haven’t see an historic letter folded like this, so if you come across one with 64 triangle-shaped panels visible on an opened square sheet of paper, let us know!
Produced by MIT Video Productions (MVP). Directed and demonstrated by Jana Dambrogio, Thomas F. Peterson (1957) Conservator, MIT Libraries.
Funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries.
Many thanks to Lorraine Bigrigg, Senior Conservator, TKM Studio for sharing this letterlocking format with us. Her uncle used to write her secret messages.
Cite as: Jana Dambrogio, et al. ‘The Letterlocking Love Bug/Lorraine's Letter’, Letterlocking Instructional Videos, USA (contemporary). Filmed: December 2015. Duration: 2:59. Posted: April 2016. Video URL: [Use URL below]. Date accessed: [Date].
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