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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.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

SOMERTON MAN: Micro Writing Latest Release of Letter Q.


8X32505683 EX3K
This is the latest view of our fist letter, the letter Q from line 4 of the code page. You should be able to make out the string of letters/numbers in the lower area of Q and in the upper curve area there's a lengthy string of letters/numbers which are just about visible on screen, stiil working on those and should be able to show them a little clearer by tomorrow. To get to this stage, I used, it's a free image editing tool, and its colour replacement tools with a tinted filter as you can see.

I will be publishing an extended list of the letters/numbers  from the letter Q in the next day or so. In the meantime, the letters/numbers in the first part of the lower half commencing next to the line stroke are:

I make it out to be 8X32505683 EX3K after this the writing is much more difficult to make out as follows:

In the upper curve area I am able to make out most of the string as follows:|

X4423546 X28V806 X754382 2025849345V

I will be doing more work on these and they may need to be recitified.

By the way, in order for me to make these out I am using a very high resolution screen. It may not be possible for you to see it the same on a standard PC or laptop screen, an Iphone is good though. You can achieve the same effect if you have access to a Data Projector, I would recommend 2800 lumens +

I feel confident that the recovery process will improve so please be patient with me as we gather momentum.

Note how the individual letters and numbers are closely packed together and then note the insertion of the letter X at intervals. I suspect that the X is a separator between the coded letters/numbers. There is a precedent for this type of micro writing, a German WW2 agent was interviewed a few years after the war and he spoke of his work and demonstrated his ability to a reporter at the time, unfortunately there weren't any images in the article but here's the link for your information: Heinrich Schmitz, it's an amazing story. A few years later a man of the same name was arrested, he had been a member of the Gestapo and was found guilty of war crimes.

I have borrowed some techniques used by the US National Library of Congress who recently were succesful in 'lfiting' a handwritten word from behind another handwritten word found on the draft of the Declaration of Independence. Amazing stuff. Unfortunately I don't have the tools that they have so we just have to improvise.

I will be putting up a special page which you will find shortly to the right of the post area, the idea is to place eah image with a short description and list of letters and numbers found. Please bear in mind that some of the characters may not be readily recoverable and it may take a little time to achieve reasonable visibility.

Your comments and input is very welcome especially f you are able to make out more information than I have posted here. Lots more to come.

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