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Code International Lugagne
Civil Codebook · 1914

Code International Lugagne was an short message code book for international telegraphic (radio) traffic, published by Société des Codes Télégraphiques Georges Lugagne in Paris and Marseille (France) in 1914. The book was edited by Gabriel Lugagne and printed by Paul Dupont in Paris.
 
The books were widely used for international telegraphy and were printed in large quantities. Yet each copy was numbered individually and was carefully registered. The book shown in the image on the right has serial number 22644.

In order to allow the government to intercept and read the traffic that was encoded with this book, a copy had to be submitted to the PTT 1 of each country in which the book was used. This was necessary as the transmission of coded messages through radio channels was otherwise prohibited, something that is still the case today.
  
Code International Lugange 1914

The book contains a large collection of words, phrases and common expressions that have been abbreviated to just three letters. What makes the book special compared to other code books of the era, is that each expression is supplied in seven different languages: French, German, English, Spanish, Portugese, Italian and even Esperanto 2 , the constructed language that was once aimed to become the international language. Esperanto is still used today, even on Wikipedia [1].
 
  1. PTT = Post, Telegraphy and Telecommunication. Before the days of privatization of the telecom branche, most countries had a state-owned telecom operator, generally identified as PTT, Post Office (PO) or similar.
  2. Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language in the world. It was developed by the Polish ophonthalmogist Zamenhof in the late 1870s and was aimed to be easy to learn and politically neutral [1].

Code International Lugange 1914 Cover page Serial number Publisher and editor Example page Languages Languages Short messages

 
References
  1. Wikipedia, Esperanto
    Retrieved April 2016.

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