World War: Numbers for Love

Last week, in the exultant lull after finishing off Cyrenaica, in the expectant lull before the next job, whatever it was, the boys in the Army of the Nile thought of loved ones at home. For their benefit romantic Postmaster General William Shepherd Morrison announced a numbered code of love for Near East forces and their ladies. A cable of three phrases, plus signature and address, cost two shillings sixpence (50¢). Said Postmaster General Morrison: "Every degree of affection is provided for. You pay your money and take your choice." Examples:

> Dear Jack: 61, 32, yours ever, Gladys. Decoded, this...

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