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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Somerton Man, A Reconstructed Image of Somerton Man

Following a number of emails and discussions with some friends about the last post, (the Somerton Man image), I have done some work on reconstructing a new profile image which may bear a better resemblance to how he may have looked just prior to his death.

If you are well connected on Facebook or LinkedIn then please feel free to distribute this image as widely as you can. Remember this was how he may have looked in 1948 so people will have to think about relatives or friends of their family who went missing about that time.

Here's some words that may be suitable to put with this image:

'This is a reconstructed image of the Somerton Man, he was found on the Beach in Somerton South Australia in December 1948. He was never identified and  lies in a grave marked 'Unknown Man' in Adelaide, South Australia. If you have a photo of someone from the past who resembles this man or you know someone who does, please contact We would like to give him a name and return him to his family.'


Linda said...

What a wonderful reconstruction of the Somerton Man. I will make sure I will circulate it amongst my fellow friends that I communicate with. Out of interest what software did you use to carry out the reconstruction? As a beginner I would like to give this sort of thing an attempt myself. I am a big fan of your Micro Writing Gordon, thankyou so much for posting all the wonderful pictures of the close ups of the letters from the Somerton Mans book. Linda

Gordon332 said...

Thanks for your comment Linda. I used GIMP, a free tool, to bring this image together. The profile view is slightly modified to take into account the slope of the forehead which was distorted as an after effect of the autopsy. The hair and hairline are reasonably faithful to reality. I think this is a much more accurate view of how SM looked. I used this image to help create the video and 3D version that you'll find here: