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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.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Somerton Man, The Code Page, Putting The Findings Into Context

In the end, whilst finding instances of micro writing on the Code page is a breakthrough, those findings need to be put into some form of context. When do we start to make some sort of sense of what we find?

The good news is that we can make a start but we need to be careful that we first have derived all or most of the information we can. Having said that, here is an example of context that can be drawn from a micro writing instance on the code page:

This image is of the last letter 'P' in the third line of the Somerton Man  or TAMAM SHUD code. The letter sequence is PANETP.

As you can see, a different camera angle had to be used and lighting is a key issue.

We are looking at a prefixed number set, X533 (Could also read X535 or X555 see below). I used this number to carry out some quick research viewing first on Google and then on the TROVE website.

In Google I entered X533 1940 to relate it to a date range. The results showed amongst other things that X533 was a torpedo in use by submarines and surface craft during WW2. The 533 apparently referred to the dimension of the warhead being 533 mm. Perhaps this will have some value in the future and the result has been recorded.

Whilst adding value, it struck me that just maybe the use of the letter 'X' before a number set was, I understand, common practice in the Military at that time to signify that a number followed.

The Trove search yielded a number of results including one of a 'Lonely Hearts' nature whereby in 1947 the box number for an ad, X533, was owned by a widower aged 38 looking for a 'country girl for outings'. As said there are other examples, this one has been recorded as will others.

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