|Words Within Words: Draft of Declaration of Independence Reveals its Secret.|
On this page you can see example images of covert messages that have been done in Micro Writing. I've put them together as a result of not so much a request but a statement made by sparring partner Nick Pelling of CipherMysteries. Nick has made it clear that his position is that there is no micro writing on the Somerton Man Code page and that even if it was it would have nothing to do with the Somerton Man Case, echoes of Professor Derek Abbott methinks. Another statement made was that he suspected that no one has seen any examples of covert micro writing. Interesting that he has reached his firmly voiced opinions without carrying out any research apparently. Also of interest is that he has failed to produce any evidence to substantiate his arguments.Well, you can sit back now Nick and view some more examples, in addition to the Somerton Man Code and Jestyn's Verse 70 Inscription, of covert micro writing from Denmark, China, Germany and the USA. I'll be adding more as they come to hand and in the meantime, enjoy!
US Library of Congress: The Smudges Reveal the SecretFirst off here's a most interesting image, it's a repeat of the header image. It is a close up of a part of the draft of the American Declaration of Independence. this image was taken to show how a research Scientist from the US Library of Congress was able to recover a long hidden word that lay in a 'smudge' mark on the draft.
Whilst this isn't a covert use of micro writing it is very relevant to the Somerton Man Code, the methods used by the scientist are well in advance of the ones used here and thankfully the letters and numbers we have recovered were considerably easier to find.
The Bronte Sisters: History and Recovery Techniques (Thanks to Pete Bowes for passing this link on: http://news.harvard.edu/
(See Highlighted Section Below Re Recovery Method)
WW2 Danish Example
This is an image of a covert microwriting, it is amongst a collection in a Denmark Museum. The note was one of a number apprently written by prisoners held in a German Labour camp and then smuggled out. Good example of the skill, notice how thin and wispy the individual letters can be.
Example of Covert Microwriting From Recent Years
This is an example of a 'Kite' it's the form of secret microwriting used by US gangs to communicate from prisons to the outside world and back. There are many of these examples in existence, here are two. The 'Kites' are in many cases rules of behaviour whilst in others they contain instructions for a 'hit' to be carried out. Two examples are shown here.
An example from the Mexican Mafia
German Espionage Example WW1
Whilst in this example the micro message viewable takes the form of a small drawing, it is a covert message created by a WW1 German spy and it was hidden behind a postage stamp, it is of a then new kind of anti Zeppelin artillery shell:
NZ Postage Stamp
In this image set, you see not a covert message, but it is one that has been around for a couple of thousand years. It shows how messages can be hidden behind a postage stamp and in this case it's a prayer. By micro writing standards this example is quite large:
Chinese Example of Microwriting
Written by Chinese Artist MU Xin whilst imprisoned in China in the early 1970s. I can offer no translation but if anyone has that skill that would be appreciated.In this image we see how iodine vapour is used to reveal secret writing on a handkerchief. There are cases including when in WW2 the German spy George Dasch landed on Long Island from a submarine surrendered to the FBI, he had on him a handkerchief that when treated with iodine vapour revealed the names and addresses of his contacts in the US. This is an example of of how powerful Iodine vapour could be in revealing the marks left by the writer, not fingerprints on this occasion but the same chemical has been used for that purpose.
Iodine Vapour Reveals Secret Writing
This method of secret writing was later superseded by a 'dry' method. One of the issues faced by spies was that in order to write with secret inks, the process was to first steam the paper to prepare it then write the code or letter with secret ink then re-steam it to reduce or remove the indentations left by the phusical action of writing and then finally, a most interesting point, they would write over the invisible ink writing with normal writing.