Ravilious clues and my godmother

Young Cryptographers! Fearless cub semioticians! Fathers of the Society!
Here is a further clue, supplied by Alan Powers, which seems to point us to a crossword type of solution using the words implied by the drawings on the alphabet mug.
The reference to the Alphabet mug comes in a letter from Thomas Balston
to Ravilious, 21 April, 1938, thus: ‘As a habitual crossword [illeg.,
looks like ‘fan’], I’d no difficulty in guessing the missing words.’
That’s the only clue we’ve got. Perhaps if we got the papers of Thomas
Balston, we’d find Ravilious’s letter (he’d sent him a mug as a
present) and see what promted it.

And, unconnected, a wonderful moment from my godfather Marcus’s partner who I have delightedly adopted as my godmother. They are designers, persons of dash, persons of taste. They operate in several continents. They are beginning to consider whether they should start a fashion for black wedding gowns, having very successfully set a fashion for black diamonds a few years ago. I think they could do anything: their letters give one a flash of understanding of what it must have been like to have been Beau Nash, Beau Brummel, reclining in contemplation and deciding what the fashions should be six months hence.

One Response to “Ravilious clues and my godmother”

  1. Jon Says:

    Before we set the Babbage engines and the non-barking dogs loose on this, are we certain that Balston wasn’t simply referring to interpreting the images themselves?

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