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VMs: Re: More Fontana name trivia...
At 19:13 25/09/02 +0200, Rafal T. Prinke wrote:
> >I found that page and it is quite interesting (in our context), as
> >it refers to "letter-coded padlock", the invention of which
> >is usually ascribed to Hans Ehemann of Nurnberg in 1551 - but
> >their drawings also appear in a MS by Johannes Fontana from 1410-20.
> In an exhibition in Bruges last summer, I saw an extraordinary chest with
> an amazing locking mechanism, commissioned by the Medici's as part of their
> banking apparatus - very cool, very 15th Century. :-)
I can now imagine a monk with an Enigma-like machine
on his desk, encoding the VMS :-)
If you'd also seen Giovanni Fontana's drawing of a machine producing text
on multiple strips of paper, you probably wouldn't have to imagine very
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....