W 904 8
And what dark secrets does the number hold?
Back Cover of 'The Unkown Man' by GM FeltusDuring a very interesting exchange and follow up discussion with Pete Bowes of the Tomsbytwo blog, an amazing secret was uncovered.
In all fairness, it was Pete's request for a pic of the back of Gerry Feltus's book that kicked off a chain of thought and then some images that uncovered probably the biggest secret so far discovered.
On taking the picture of the back of the book, I recalled the excerpt from an old CIA manual.." ...and the best place to hide secret miniature writing is in the shaded areas of an image or a book..'
And yes, it is.. And it made me smile!
This first image is of the W 904, and if you look carefully you can see microcode written within each of the characters but more pronounced in the O and the 4, the specific areas have a thin black outline
The image below is a BW close-up and cropped version which I think gives a clearer picture. This will be improved on but it does take some hours. You should be able to make out the various strokes and some of the numbers within the highlighted area and in the vertical and diagonal slopes
Below is the full set of letter W and numbers, for a few reasons I found it necessary to turn the image to black/white and this time the marked up areas are the 4 and the number 8.
What does this mean? Well, I think we first need to hand the laurels to Gerry Feltus, he has said that he wrote these the letter W and the numbers himself so it would stand to reason that he would have been well aware what was in them. And that is the bit that made me smile from ear to ear :) You have to hand it to him, he deserves all respect for having shown everyone a classic of example of
'HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT!'
There's much more to this book than meets the eye. What else is hidden on the back and maybe the front cover page? Where would you start to look? Any shaded area, who knows maybe in a tree or beneath the eaves of a house or even in the salt bush perhaps? Does X really mark the spot?
For those interested to take these images was very simple. I used an Olympus Digital camera, 16 megapixels and set to 'macro' lens. The pics were taken in sunlight and with an angle. This showed up the detail fairly well and I then adjusted contrast and levels to sharpen what was already there.
I have to now withdraw any claim I have made of being the first to find microcode, that honour clearly belongs to Gerry Feltus and I couldn't be happier to say that!
I Doffs Me Cap and I Dips Me Lid!
I'll close this post off with Gerry's words to me some years ago when I told him what I had found: