ballet dancers and the tools of their trade, updated
Theories about the Tamam Shud mystery can be likened to ponds of still water. Some are shallow, others not so.
The ballet dancer.
The deceased has long thought to have been a ballet dancer. He was muscular with highly developed calves and the bottom of his his feet were described by Paul Lawson in this way: The big and little toe were joined together towards a common apex, in other words wedge-shaped, ….
The toes described this way:
… like he had been in the habit of wearing high-heeled and pointed shoes.
Ballets Russes tours of Australia between 1936 and 1940
(1) The first, a company assembled in London by de Basil and billed as ‘(Colonel W. de Basil’s) Monte Carlo Russian Ballet’, toured for nine months between 1936 and 1937. Its sixty-two dancers were drawn largely from the Ballets de Leon Woizikowsky, augmented by artists from de Basil’s own company, and from Rene Blum’s Ballets de Monte Carlo.
(2) The second tour took place over seven months between 1938 and 1939, was by the ‘Covent Garden Russian Ballet, presented by Educational Ballets Ltd’
(3) The third tour, included in the company that, in addition to English-based dancers, included a number who were stranded in America on the outbreak of war. These two groups were united in Australia, forming the company that was most commonly referred to as ‘The Original Ballet Russe’, although it was also billed as ‘Colonel W. de Basil’s Covent Garden Ballet’ and ‘Colonel W. de Basil’s Ballet Company’. De Basil himself accompanied this tour, which began in December 1939 and, although originally planned to be of ten weeks duration, was, due to the complexities of the war, extended until September 1940.
The deceased’s tie was of American design, his jacket and comb made in America.
I watched as she took us through the process of building a ballet slipper, 10 minutes, found her on YouTube sitting at her work table going through the items she needed to build a shoe. There weren’t many, among them a last*, a pair of scissors, a cutting tool and a pencil. Thread.
*A last is a wooden form that has a shape similar to that of a human foot.
The rosin used by ballet companies is usually white or pale, depending on the availability of rosin at the time, between 1936 and 1940. Other rosins can be darker. Whichever one a ballet dancer uses will accumulate over time and the slipper will need to be cleaned of residue.
The accumulated powder brushed off, out.
There is no proof Robin Thomson was the son of the deceased
But he too was a ballet dancer, and his mother remembered some Russian words.
Note: the tools were originally thought to have been the type a ship’s third officer might use to mark cargo.
Above is an example of what a shipload of cargo looks like prior to loading.
Our view is that the tools found in the Somerton Man’s suitcase may not have been up to the job.