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Ladies Telegraph

It has been said that in the courts of England, Spain fans were used in a more or less secret, unspoken code of messages. These fan languages were a way to cope with the restricting social etiquette. In the late 1790s Charles Francis Badini designed what he named ‘Fanology’. Printed instructions were written on the fans informing ladies how to use them. Robert Rowe’s Ladies Telegraph seemed slightly easier to use. Twenty-six flaps corresponded to the letters of the alphabet and you would point to each letter to make a word. There was also a 27th flap to signify a full stop.

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