Over the last several years I have managed to amass a collection of images related to the Somerton Man case. They range from the suitcase contents to possible SM candidates and whole lot more.
I want to acknowledge those people who freely gave input and provided some of the research and sometimes images that will appear in this gallery. More than happy to include their names with their permission. The background is that we all belonged to the original Facebook group, 'World Search for a Rare Copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam' set up by Professor Abbott and then later we set up our own group known as 'Inner Sanctum'. The bottom line is that I make no claim to being the sole author and I am grateful for having had the experience of working with a super team of researchers.
In the end there is no one person who can rightly claim that they are the premier source with perhaps one exception and that being Detective Sergeant Gerry Feltus (Retired) who had the Somerton Man case on his desk as a Cold Case and who actually knew and interviewed Jestyn.
Anything I do here by way of extending the range and depth of information on the case will have its roots in the work done by Gerry in his book, The Unknown Man. You'll see a link to Gerry's website to the right of this page.
This page starts off the Gallery and I will be adding more links over the coming days and weeks. I thought that the best approach would be to show some of the images here and then place a link to Google Drive where you can find more from the files described.
First off the rank is a collection of images of the suitcase items.
|Scarf, more like a shawl? Notice label bottom right of scarf|
|Image enhanced view of suitcase and contents|
This Lamonte Tartan is similar to the SM version, however so is the Black Watch tartan.
McDonald/Keane Tartan. This was found on a tartan search, web based, the notation made mention of Mcdonald and Keane families.
|Irish variation of the Keane tartan|
Dressing GownWith regards to the dressing gown, some research unearthed the details to be found on the sleeves of similar gowns to SM's
|Tootal Ties Ad from 1948|
| Elasta Strap trousers|
|Negative of inside of trousers|
Elasta Strap Trousers
|Trousers, button missing|
|Close up of trouser pocket/laundry labels. Very feint.|
|Group, toothbrush, loupe, tie.|
Loupe? Notice the 'grips' within the
One effort to identify the toothpaste, unsuccessful
|New Pelaco, Australian made, Shirt from case|
|Close up of scissors|
Barbour's Waxed Thread.
The only item that tied SM to the suitcase, this thread was
in common use. Of note, is that Barbour's threads were military
issue items and included in 'housewife' packs.
|Feather Stitch Jacket. The machines capable to do feather|
stitching only existed in the US at the time.
|Glass dish and button|
Contrary to common belief, the 'envelopes' found in the suitcase
were in fact pre-paid letter cards
|Negative of a lettercard|
Note the scissors, brush handle, knife, scabbards ( made from wrapped zinc) and the black case to the right is believed to be for the 'cut throat' razor. You can just see the corner of the razor strop above the piece of zinc plate.
|Notice how bright and shiny the lighter is..|
John Lobb, London & Paris. Similar shoes to SM
I contacted Lobbs and John Lobb told me that the number 204B was one of theirs but, that number belonged to a pair of mens riding boots.
|Negative of SM's shoes, Wide Welt|
|SM Shoes, close up and colour enhanced|
|Typical shoe ID marks location|
|US Military Issue|
|Case and contents|
Detectives show case and contents
This next part of the Gallery is dedicated to the Torn Piece and
This is believed to be an image of the actual torn piece which is still in existence. Note the staining to the left side and the various crease marks which suggest that perhaps the paper was tightly folded up at one time. Please note that according to a well respected printer, this was done with a Letterpress and the font was made from pure lead not a lead alloy
The following 8 images show how the paper may have been removed/torn from the page of the book so as to not tear from the edge and to produce a similar shape to the actual torn piece.
The page above represents the two pages in the book
A fold is made part way in to the target page..
A small starter tear is made into the crease/fold..
A shape is torn..
The page is flattened...
The piece is torn out...
Here's the result, a piece similar to the actual torn piece...
Finally here's the shape left in the page similar to what the Police would have seen when the book was handed in and that enabled them to match the torn piece to the book.
Interestingly Detective Brown maintains that this was the case and others who apparently have better knowledge state that a large tear was made into the page and that's why the Police had the paper type matched and no mention was made of the torn piece shape. If that was the case, why did the Police go to the trouble of preparing a number of folded edge versions of the torn piece to photograph and hand out to the Press?
Below is an image believed to be of the front cover of the actual book:
This is an image believed to be from The Adelaide Advertiser in 1949:
You can see how much different the torn area is, a copy of the actual torn piece has been inserted for demonstration purposes. It is generally believed that this was a similar copy acquired by the Advertiser who then tore out the section. Bear in mind all they had was a rectangular image that had been folded at the edges so they wouldn't have known the actual shape. It may be worth talking further with News Ltd to see if they have any more images or even the actual copy of the book somewhere in their archives?
This next image on the left is of a similar version of the book but in a different colour courtesy of JW. here you see the left hand page next to the Tamam Shud page. There is a copy of the words 'Tamam Shud' from this version and a comparison image will be uploaded shortly. The comparison shows distinct differences between the font images in close up.