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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.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Somerton Man: Service Number Found on Vest?

Whilst we are busy working on the 3D render of the Somerton Man, I thought it would be a good idea to post on this item that I have had in the backgroubd for a while.

Those in the know would be aware of the clothing found in the suitcase, amongst the items found was a vest which had its ID tag removed so there was no way to identify who may have made it and who may have owned it. Just maybe now we have found something that could lead us to the owner of the vest.

If you look carefully you will see what appears to be a serial number of some sort at the top of the yellow shaded area. There are other markings below this but the focus is on the larger characters that seem to have been written near the top.

Could this be a service number? It is hard to make out and in order to 'lift' the detail I had to spend some time with software tools. To be fair, this could also be an example of digital artefacts which can and do appear on old images, I am not sure that such artefacts appear on both postive and negative views of an image. What caught my attention was the size and location and orientation of the markings.

Please look carefully at the original image on the left, you may just be able to make out some markings and when I viewed this in negative the same markings were there. It is possible that what we see are the impressions left by someone marking the original label.

Please feel free to make any comments and share any thoughts you may have, email me if you would rather do that.

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