simple letterlocking


To start our envelope themed month – letters before envelopes were used!

Last year (June 2021) we were all intrigued after the BBC reported on the lost art of letterlocking. By folding only the sheet of paper upon which the letter was written and then cutting slots and tucking strips of the letter through them, ingenious safeguards against the letter being tampered with or read by unwanted eyes could be made.

Letterlocking is a great way to secure your post, especially if you only have one sheet of paper. The simple letterlocks only require a sheet of paper and a knife to cut a strip and make a slot but the more intricate forms also use stitching and sealing wax.

sealing wax

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