“Do not open until war is over.”

via NYPL.org’s Explore blog:

In the early eighties, rare book librarian John Rathe pulled down a dusty box, wrapped in twine, from a remote corner of the Rare Book room. Attached to the box was a label that said: “Do not open until war is over.” Which war? The Civil War? The War of 1812? What he discovered was a box filled with disguised anti-Nazi tracts hidden in packets of tea and shampoo and concealed in miniature books both popular and scholarly.

Image courtesy of NYPL/ Jack Sherefkin

Read Jack Sherefkin’s full blog entry HERE, which discusses more about about this interesting discovery and the history behind it’s concealment. 

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