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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Somerton Man: Letters S and T in last line on the 'code' page plus a Verse 70 T included


Thought I would spend as little time more of the letters including the T from the last line of the code page. For those interested, I again used an Olympus S-H1 camera set to macro lens. What this does is to enable super close up images without zoom. I also employed a UV lamp which should explain the blue coloration. Across the top bar of the T is a string of numbers and I can make out 2 letters. In the upright you should also be able to make out darker shapes which I believe to be more numbers and letters.

Added these 29th June in response to Clive's comment, the letters S and T in more detail. In response to a request from Pete Bowes, I have included more on the letter Q.

I have used a different approach such that what you see here are close up images under UV light without any colour changes or enhancements. They maybe a little blurred for which I apologise: The micro letters and numbers are visible but you may need to let your eyes focus a little.

I have spent time on quite a few of these of late and will endeavour to publish one or two each week. As to what the numbers/letters may mean I will leave that to those better qualified in that field.

I should point out that these things are not easy to recover, using a simplistic adjustment of contrast and brightness will not do the job and you will not get a decent result no matter how hard you try. Apart from the UV and backlight, I used Paint.Net, a free image editor, and the
color replacement tool, adjusting the tolerance levels according to the requirement. You could also use GIMP, another free tool or perhaps Photoshop if that's in your budget.

Critiques are welcome..

Here's the Q just for Pete. Still needs a little more work, hard getting the last section cleaned up but it can be done. I made the image larger in case Nik has difficulty seeing this. No offence Nick :)



By the way and just for the record, here's another letter T this time from Jestyn's verse 70 written for Alf Boxall. In my view Alf was in Intelligence and Jestyn was one of his pupils. Open to conjecture just who other pupils in that class may have been, perhaps JFG?




In the top bar of the t, you can make out letters and numbers. In fact in each of the words in Verse 70 they are there to be found. No enhancement made to this image, just a close up with backlight and oblique lighting in this case.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Somerton Man: Is this man related to SM? Striking resemblance and a Harkness connection

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Sometimes, if you're very lucky, you can stumble across an image or an article even that turns out to be significant. In this case it would seem that one thing quickly led to another and then another.

I should make it clear that I am not going to reveal this man's name or where he currently lives, in fact nothing will be revealed that would lead to his being identified. It's a matter of his and his family's privacy and also a matter of due respect.

Like so many other genuine researchers on this case, I have spent many hundreds of hours searching through books and online resources in an effort to uncover something that may be of use in the case.

During that process, some time ago I came across the image above and followed an information trail from there. I can confirm that this man, who lives in Australia and is of Scottish descent, has the same teeth and ear type as SM. I can also confirm that a person with the same surname as this man served in the same unit as Alf Boxall during WW2 and that there is a person with the surname Harkness connected to this man.

The danger here is that conclusions are jumped to without proper investigation, I am not implying that the man who served with Alf Boxall was SM but it may be that he was related to him.

There's more work to do on this and if anyone would like to take part in further research on this matter with the condition that we keep the information locked up until we have something concrete to report, that would be very much appreciated.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Somerton Man: Micro writing Revisited, Ink H the answer





Over the past week there has been a flurry of activity in the press regarding the Somerton Man case. Numerous theories have been put forward by Professor Abbott and in all fairness he is uniquely positioned to have access to information on the case. (Please read last paragraph in this post re the Crowd Funding Project)

That said, it does not in any way affect the fact that Micro writing is present within the letters of the so called 'code page'. Followers of this blog have seen examples published here and particularly the letter Q in line 4.

I thought it timely to re post the image of the Q above which clearly shows letters and numbers as do the other images in this post

These are not instances of pareidolia and whilst I have submitted these several times over the years and included a description of the process of recovering these examples, no one has actually been able to disprove what I have said. Another blogger made an attempt of sorts but his approach was to 'cut out the interim steps' as he put it, that I had shared with him and limited his efforts to adjusting contrast and brightness. What seemed to elude him was the fact that like the  indented writing recovery techniques that were used by the Police, or whichever other agency that were involved, this is a process. I included a description of the process on this blog here:
http://tamamshud.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/somerton-man-letter-q-continued.html

The bottom line is that it appears that the 'code' including the micro writing is an example of the SOE, (Special Operations Executive British Intelligence in WW2 SOE Manual http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0008103615) technique known as 'Ink H', effectively it was created using inked letters in the first instance, penciled letters added within the inked letters and then an overlay of ink once more. A casual observer would see only ink, someone who knew what the letters really were would immerse the paper carrying the letters into a strong bleach solution which would remove the ink and leave the penciled micro letters. Simple really but very effective and apparently enough to baffle the fine minds of a University. The action of writing on the paper would by default leave indentations on whatever surface was being used as a rest.

But in this case we are not able to use bleach because what the Police had found were indentations in the back of the Omar book. They recovered the indentations, (this was revealed to me by ex Detective Sergeant Gerry Feltus author of the book 'The Unknown Man),using one or more of a number of techniques including oblique lighting, back lighting and possibly iodine vapour. This revealed the markings, the impressions left by the pencil in the larger letters. They were able to photograph that using sophisticated cameras for the time and turned the image negative. Think about this, when you press a pencil into a piece of paper, it leaves an indentation on one or more of the surfaces which you may be using as a rest, in this case the back of the book. The book was white and therefore the indented marks would have also been white until you treated it with Iodine vapour or another recovery chemical. The application of the chemical would turn the paper dark and leave the indentations even darker which is why the image was turned negative. The markings were then inked over for release to the public, a press photographer actually took a high resolution image of the 'code' page and that's what we see today.

All it would take now is for a dedicated organisation to spend a little time and follow the process described in this blog and they would be able to reveal all of the micro writing on the page. It baffles me why this has not been done by Adelaide University.

Update- Crowd Funding Project

I do know that the Professor has been looking for funding to pay for additional in depth research and of course to cover ongoing costs associated with the DNA aspect of the case. In that regard I have just received a request from him to publish this link to Indiegogo, a crowd funding website where people may contribute to the Professors research. Whilst I do have opinions and views that differ from the Professor's I do think that the cause he is pursuing is correct and will be of benefit to all serious researchers on this case, I will be contributing and I hope everyone who reads this will consider it as well:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/identification-of-the-somerton-man/x/10497091#/story