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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, 2 July 2015

Somerton Man: Verse 70 Cleaned up images

Clive in one of his comments requested that I show some enhanced images from 70, so here are some worth viewing, here's a couple of tips before you start.
1. Check the screen resolution on your monitor, most often the resolutions are set low or you may just have a low resolution machine.
2. You can print these but again you need to ensure that you have the print quality set high/photo quality

Bear in mind that the Ink H technique in use here means that we are capturing only the darker shaded areas and that the letters/numbers are covered with a dense layer of ink.

The above image is a close up of the first word in the 3rd line (and). You will note the backlit downward stroke of the letter 'd'. I have done a little enhancement to bring up the numbers so that they're more readily visible. Of note is the fact that these numbers are aligned with the inked area, this was part of the technique whereby inked letters were laid down first and then the shape of the letters were used as guidelines within which the micro content would be inserted. My estimation is that these micro numbers are in the range of .5 to .7 mm.

Moving on:

This image is of the first word in the last line  'My' you should also be able to make out the darker tell tale areas in other letters surrounding this word.

I am still working on these images and hope to bring you clearer versions in the next few days.


Anonymous said...

Gordon: the only letter I can see that contains characters of a micro-code is the letter Q. They are clear and definite, and there is no mistaking them for anything else. I'm convinced GC. We are clear here.

Gordon332 said...

Hi Pete, Part of the issue here is that the letters/numbers I can see on a hi resolution screen are covered with a layer of ink that us denser than the laundry marker on the code page. Only a question of time to get past that so it will be visible even on standard res screens. Have you tried printing the images? Better results from a printer