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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, 18 April 2016

Somerton Man: Verse 70 and the Fez Lady Micro code

Verse 70 + The Fez Lady

First a couple of examples of micro-writing, one as part of an artwork and the other of a US $100 

In this image you can see the handwritten miniature text drawn to form an eye and eyebrow of a femme fatale!

I have used this particular image because the Verse 70 'Fez Lady' also has micro writing and not just around the eyes as you will see below.

This close up of part of Benjamin Franklin's image on the US $100 Bill, shows the clever use of micro writing hidden in the folds of a garment. The wording says 'The United States of America and the string of micro numbers is too small for me to make out clearly. Again, this technique was used in the Verse 70 image that you will see below.


Below you can see a marked up headshot of the Fez Lady. I know that is not the best image but it does show examples of micro written letters and numbers carefully hidden in the tassle the sideburns, the nostril and even the outlines:

The UV version may be a little clearer to view:

Once more quite hazy but you can see markings in the outlines and you should be able to make out a string of letters and numbers in the belt:


Very small and very finely done, a good example of Ink H technique as developed by SOE in WW2.
Every word in Verse 70 including the dash and Jestyn's signature contains microcode:

This last image shows up more clearly on the desktop screen. I think that because of the very fine nature of this work, Blogger does not render as good an image as I would like. You can download this of course and then view it in a photo viewer such as Irfan View which is free to download here

For the record, this image is a close up and backlighting, I adjusted contrast and curves in a photo editor.


  1. Hi Gordon, That's one in the eye for Nick! Who would have thought all this writing in a simple drawing?-Clive

    1. The technique of concealing writing in images and elsewhere is well known and has been happening for centuries. I think the Verse 70 poem and image was a standard test for trainees in coding roles. Some people are just limited in their ability to think outside the norm, they would have been the ideal soft target for agents, they would have lapped them up :)

  2. The one thing that truly pisses me off about Pelling, is that his preposterous denials of the existence of micro-coding demeans the courage and bravery of the WW2 agents who used it.

    1. Agreed. I guess he has painted himself into a corner. He has nowhere to turn as more and more images and evidence emerge and there's quite a lot more to come.

      Seriously, I have better things to do than worry about the issues that he has.