I was skimming Kottke, and I saw a bit that said:
Photos of a Masonic handbook from 1920 called King Solomon and His Followers — A Valuable Aid to the Memory. The text is written in shorthand.
That sounds interesting, I thought, and went to check it out. As the Flickr page loaded, I wondered to myself, “What if… nah, not a chance. That would be waaay too coincidental.”
When the page loaded, though, it turned out that it was not too coincidental— the cool Masonic book from 1920, written all in code, that he has? I’ve got one, also. I remember getting it at a used bookstore in Laguna Beach, which means that it must have been sometime between 1980-1985. It’s somewhere around the house, I’m sure, in a box somewhere.
Now that he’s got some info about how to translate it, I’ll have to see if I can dig up my copy.