I thought it would be useful to write a summary post of what we know and what we don't about the Weldon notes. An FAQ, if you will, since the same questions keep popping up.
- There have been 16 notes that have been discovered and documented, all of which were found at Western's Weldon library. There have been anecdotes of other notes found, including ones at other Western libraries other than Weldon.
- Every note came in an envelope with an object in it, either a jewel, feather, or leaf.
- All of the objects contain some kind of marking, typically two paint stripes or splotches.
- The earliest note is from January 2013 (15 months ago), but anecdotally we have heard of notes being discovered over 2 years ago.
- The notes are all computer printed (appears to be a colour laser). The font is almost certainly custom. It does not match any Dingbat or Wingding-esque font that is publicly available (and people have spent a lot of time looking).
- The back of all of the notes contains a reference to 000xyz.blog.ca.
- There are roughly 50 different symbols on the notes, so a pure symbol-letter substitution appears unlikely if the notes are meant to be read in English. Of course, they could be some other langauge - Japanese is brought up frequently. In fact, the patterns do not look like natural language. If they mean anything, they may be references to other book codes, indication of bookshelf positions, etc.
- There are large sections of repeating patterns between notes, with some notes looking very similar (though not necessarily identical).
- All of the notes have some symbols in colour - the notes that contain blue jewels have the jewel symbols printed in blue. Interesting on some notes not all the symbols are printed in colour - occasionally in a blue jewel note there will be a jewel symbol that's in black. That could mean something.
- Of the 12 notes we have a shelf position for, all 12 were found roughly 5 feet off of the ground.
- Of the 11 notes we have page positions for, 10 of the 11 notes were stuck between pages 16-17 of their book (the other one being between pages 68-69).
- We have exact book titles and shelf codes for 2 of the 16 notes, but I should be receiving 11 more shortly.
- All of the notes contain a picture (pillow, vase, drinking glass, table, empty box, picture frame/mirror). All of those pictures are one of the first things you find if you do a Google image search for that item, so it's quite possible that's where the images come from.
If you have any more questions, I'd be happy to discuss.
I keep hearing things like "sorry to disappoint, the notes don't mean anything, it's an art thing". That is certainly a strong possibility. I'm not sure why that should disappoint at all! I find the idea that these are a form of art really interesting. That still doesn't solve the mystery, though. Who put them there? When were they put there? What was the artist thinking? How did they create the font? I have all kinds of questions, so if it is art, I'd be delighted if the artist stepped forward.