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Recently, Richard Kaplan posted a comment in which he said, “I always include the date and place I send bottles from.”  I responded, saying, “the business card I found didn’t have a date or place!”

Turns out, I was WRONG!

I was drifting off to sleep the other night, and Richard’s claim was on my mind.  So, I got up and scrutinized his message in a bottle once more.  I don’t know how I missed it before, but through the wavy green glass, I could see impressions left by a pen on the back of Richard’s card.

Today, for the first time ever, I took Richard’s card out of its bottle.  By tilting the card to catch the early morning sunlight, I was able to decipher the impressions:

It reads:

“Please contact me if you find this bottle.  Costa Magica.  Friday, February 9th, 2007”

Just for reference, here’s what it looks like straight on in normal light (photo taken with flash):

I found it a few months later in May of 2007, and met Richard in 2009.

It’s funny…all the CSI work I do to read and preserve messages—using black lights, gloves, tweezers, etc.—and in the end, the best tool is often a little early morning light.