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Francis Crick reply card, used, on occasion, in the 1960s (PP/CRI/E/2/1).
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f3: Francis Crick reply card, used, on occasion, in the 1960s (PP/CRI/E/2/1).

Mentions: A response strategy Crick adopted in the 1960s to cope with an enormous post—and to make a serious point playfully—was the (occasional) use of a pre-printed postcard offering a number of reply options. The seventeen listed (see Figure 3) are a faithful reflection of the requests he regularly received, and one could add more (unsolicited solutions to “the coding problem” were quite common). One way of getting in under the radar of the reply-card might be to acknowledge it as an opening gambit. Thus, perhaps, thought Dr Robert Langridge (22 October 1964): “I realise that the following request will make me eligible for receiving one of your all purpose cards with a number of items checked, nevertheless as a somewhat unwilling organizer of the Biophysics Seminars at Harvard this year…”.22

For the Record: The Francis Crick Archive at the Wellcome Library

Beckett C - Med Hist (2004)

Affiliation: chrisjbeckett@aol.com

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