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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, 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.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Gordon, The cross bar of this letter 'T' looks fainter than the down bar, or is it my imagination? Wonder if the letter was originally an 'I' then converted to a 'T' with a crossbar? Clive

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    1. Hi Clive, No, you are quite right. It is a mixture of things, the camera whilst good at small image close up views has a fairly tight focus area so the result is that sometimes I need to focus on one aspect of a letter in this case the cross bar. Hope that makes sense :) I am about to load some more pics where I have used a slightly different method, effectively just a pure close up of a group using just UV lighting. I would appreciate your comments on that.

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  2. Gordon, hope your eyes aren't copping the same sort of beating mine are with all this screen work. Why don't you try to unpeel more of the letter Q? We can all see what you've exposed so far, why not try for more?

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    1. Hi Pete, I have actually done a lot more on the Q and put one of them in the post above. Lots more to release but not just yet. May even have found a name/title, that should be interesting :)

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  3. Hi Gordon, Perhaps the colour changes/enhancements make the details stand out slightly more than just the UV?

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