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Mail Secrets by The Reflex




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  THERE IS A LITTLE SECRET CODING OR GIMMICKRY ON U.S.	MAIL.  ALL U.S.  POSTAGE
STAMPS HAVE AN INVISIBLE INK CODING THAT FLOURESCES IN ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT.
PARTLY THIS IS TO DTERE COUNTERFEITING OF STAMPS (WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO DO
THAT?).  MOSTLY, IT IS TO SPEED UP SORTING.  CANCELING MACHINES SHINE AN
ULTRAVIOLET BEAM ON LETTERS AND CHECK FOR A GLOW.  CALCIUM SILICATE (WHICH GLOWS
ORANGE-RED) AND ZINC ORTHOSILICATE (WHICH GLOWS YELLOW-GREEN) ARE USED.  THEY
ARE PRINTED OVER THE ENTIRE SURFACE OF STAMPS OR IN A GEOMETRIC PATTERN.

  PERSONAL LETTERS TO THE U.S.	PRESIDENT HAVE A SECRET NUMERICAL CODE.  THE
PRESIDENT OFTEN GETS 10,000 LETTERS A DAY.  VIRTUALLY ALL MUST BE OPENED, READ,
AND ANSWERED BY THE WHITE HOUSE MAIL STAFF.  SO THAT LETTERS FROM FRIENDS GET TO
THE PRESIDENT AND FAMILY UNOPENED, ALL CLOSE FRIENDS ARE GIVEN A SEQUENCE OF
NUMBERS TO WRITE ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE.  THE CODE CHANGES WITH EACH
PRESIDENT.  RONALD REAGAN'S CODE WAS DESCRIBED AS A NUMBER WITH A SPECIAL
MEANING TO REAGAN AND HIS WIFE.  JIMMY CARTER USED AN OLD PHONE NUMBER OF
ROSALYNN'S.

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WAX SEALS
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  WAX SEALS ARE NOT A GUARANTEE AGAINST UNAUTHORIZED OPENING OF A LETTER.
ACCORDING TO THE CIA FLAPS AND SEALS MANUAL, EDITED BY JOHN M.	HARRISON
(BOULDER, COLO.:  PALADIN PRESS, 1975), THERE IS A WAY TO REMOVE AND REPLACE
SEALS.

  FIRST THE OPENER TAKES A PLASTER-OF-PARIS CAST OF THE SEAL.  THIS IS SET ASIDE
TO HARDEN.  THE WAX IS GENTLY HEATED WITH AN INFRARED LAMP.  WHEN SOFT, IT IS
ROLLED INTO A BALL AND SET ASIDE.  THE FLAP OF THE ENVELOPE IS STEAMED OPEN, AND
THE LETTER IS TAKEN OUT 


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