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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.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Somerton Man Dry Cleaning Marks

Yesterdays post showed some images of the dry cleaning tag found with the Somerton man's possessions. This image is another view of that tag, this time it is of the bottom right corner section or to be precise it is the upright that runs from the bottom right corner.

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This image is quite a discovery because what it appears to show is an incredibly clever use of micro writing.

The arrows point the direction of the weave of the tags fabric, across and slightly below the top edge as you look at this image you can probably make out what appears to be a neat cursive handwritten word in a dark, almost black, colour. I should point out that this is a negative shot and if you incline your head slightly to the left such that you now view the darker writing outline at an angle of 90 degrees to the arrows, you will find that the cursive word is in fact micro words written cleverly along the weave of the tag's fabric.

The above image has been re-oriented to give a better view of the micro writing:

As far as is known, this is the first time that Micro writing of this nature has been found anywhere.

There is some work to be done to get a better close up and to find out what the words say, as soon as progress is made, there will be another post.


  1. <a href="”> america cleaners</a> Dry cleaning is any cleaning process for clothing and textiles using a chemical solvent other than water,The solvent used is typically tetrachloroethylene which the industry calls "perc".

    1. Thanks Leo, Would that be the same chemical used in the mid 1940's? Or would it have been different then?