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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.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

SOMERTON MAN: UV Light Reveals More Microwriting on Code Page & Jestyn's Verse 70

This Post will be updated with sharper images on 1st August.

Some while ago I did some work on the code page using UV lighting and this is an extension of that original post plus some other images from Verse 70..

UV reveals more than normal lighting and separates colours particularly well. On this page you will see examples of microwrting from the Code page and from Jestyn's Verse 70, whilst some of examples are faded, they are visible and more work is planned to lift and enhance what you currently see.

Code Page Examples

This is the second letter A from line 4 of the code page, the microwriting is quite clear under UV and in its normal B/W appearance.

In this image of the letter B from the MLIABO sequence in line 4, the microwriting was not covered by the Police trace marks. This means that if you look carefully at the letter on the original image of the code page you should be able to make it out. UV light enhances the letter and its markings including what appear to be rough drawn circles around the microwriting.

Pete Bowes has commented on this image to the left, it looks almost to perfectly shaped and the letters look almost as if they had been typed. I have no explanation as to why that should be and would welcome any input or feedback on this.

Verse 70 Examples

The first example is a close up of Jestyn's sign off, the microwriting is faded as the image was taken some 30 years after the events. However you should be able to make out 2554 from the sequence highlighted. the colouring of these numbers seems to be a few shades different to the rest of the image.

Below is the first of 2 images of the dash in line 2 of the verse, it is faded but the microwriting is just visible, you can see the importance of lighting source in highlightiing the second half of the dash, more work to do on this and other images

In this second image the camera was focused on the first, left, half of the dash:

Just visible in the cross bar of the letter 't' is a set of 5 numbers. 

Another cross bar on a letter 't', this appears to be 2554 again as in the first image in this section found within the word JESTYN sign off. 

The upright of a letter 't' from verse 70, faded but just visible is a small X in the bottom left hand corner of the highlighted box and there appears to be 6 numbers to the right of the X..

I will be posting comparison images using another example of pen and ink cursive handwriting from 1944 in the next few days.

Clandestine Communications

This is the first time that we have both code page and verse 70 in the same post with both showing microwriting. Given this information, what this demonstrates is a knowledge of microwriting in what is termed 'clandestine communications' that links Alf Boxall, Jestyn and the code page which in turn is linked to the Somerton Man. or those interested, if you google the term you will find a vast amount of information on the subject, there's even something there for my sparring partner Nick Pelling.

A message for Byron, great work on the oblique writing, it was good to read of your approach and to come to the conclusion that that was the process used to take the image of the code page. As you would expect I have some differing views but I respect your work.  I noticed that you actually took some pics, if you would like to post them here please email me or leave a comment and I would be happy to put them up with credits to you of course.

On the image of the letter B I have pointed out two markings surrounding what appears to be micro numbers, not sure where those circular markings came from, they could be from the original or the could be digital artefacts.

Whilst UV light has differing results for indented writing, when it comes to any form of coloured writing it performs quite well as you will see in the images below.


  1. GC: in the last image the writing looks very precise, and the curve true - almost typewritten - which isn't possible.

    1. I agree, but that's what it is and it came from the code page. I used a UV light and took a few shots from various angles and this was one of them. I have no explanation for why it appears this way. The precision of the letters is interesting, the spacing isn't exactly even, the height mostly with some exceptions. If they wrote the letter Q first and added the writing into it then they would have a template as a base which they could follow and you would get an effect like that, I have tested it and it is similar.

    2. Pete, On another and important issue, the letter B is from the MILIABO sequence. The two areas indicated showing the micro numbers/letters were not traced over, they were as they would have been when found by the Police, no covering on them. Of note is that the background for the micro characters is quite pale and the characters are dark. Given Byron's post yesterday, how would that have been achieved? The darkened characters within a light background don't make sense unless the image was turned negative., if they were turned negative to give them their darker appearance then what colour would the background have been before being turned negative?

  2. Hi Gordon, Re: the 'Q' writing-if the writing followed the edging of a small coin would that have been possible? Clive

    1. Hi Clive, I would say it's possible but the size of each letter varies between 5mm and 6mm in height so it would have to be a very small coin. The other aspect is the shape of the Q, it's not a perfect circle, there's a gap at the top similar to the one you would get if you quickly drew a circle. There are people who can draw a near perfect circle by hand, not including myself I might add. In a discussion with Pete Bowes, he made a good comment that signwriters mark up their sign ahead of filling it out, this in my view is what happened with the code page, the letters were put in place by hand and then the microwriting was added to each letter. It may seem convenient but by writing out the message using the prosigns described in another post, the author of the code page was able to organise each micro message ahead of time into it's various components. Thanks for the comment Clive, I hope this gives you another view to consider.

  3. Hi Gordon, Thanks for the info.I can see the advantage of writing each letter at a time and adding the micro writing as he/she went along.

  4. GC: What's the longest string of code you have, so far?

    1. Pete, It would be a toss up between the G and the Q. There's so much more that exists and it is quite a task. I think that to date the main 'achievement' is finding evidence in the torn piece, the code page and Verse 70. So, we have 3 instances, two 'documents' concerned, both of which are Rubaiyats and the connection between 3 people. The next step is to reveal as much as possible and then have people who have proven skills in codes to work on the output.