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1928: Friedman's Coded Holiday Gram

Thursday, December 24, 2020
1928: Friedman's Coded Holiday Gram

It's December 1928 and Elizebeth and William Friedman sent a coded holiday gram to friends and loved ones. The codebreaking couple fortunately included a grille overlay that with a series of quarter turns would reveal the complete message. The full message reads..."For Christmas greetings in '28; Brings you word of xmas cheer; A crypto telephotogram here; We use a means quite up to date." Happy Holidays!

In 2017, Bill & Jew-Lee Briere celebrated the Friedman couple's anniversary and created a crypto-cablegram in their honor. Click the link below to learn more and see if you can solve it!

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The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.