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Stencilling tools and Rubaiyat art

It’s long been thought the tools found in the Somerton Man’s suitcase were those of a ship’s 3rd officer, someone who used them to cut out stencils to use in marking up the ship’s cargo, leaving the questions as to why would he have packed six pencils and a collection of oversized envelopes in the same case.

Perhaps he was an artisan and used the the pencils for copying something decorative, the knife and scissors for cutting it out and the brush to keep his work surface clean. The envelopes may have been for storing and protecting his work when travelling.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has proof (below) that artisans were known to stencil cut decorative art in the 19th century.

Still Life Theorem in Grisaille, 19th century, pencil and watercolor on paper, stencil cut, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.210.

Dimensions14 1810 in. (35.825.3 cm)

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The header image is of a contemporary stencil-cut piece of artwork called Rubaiyat created by Aditya Rao and was sourced from one of the many decorative borders used in various editions of Omar’s quatrains: ornate and exquisitely wrought borders evident in the earliest of the Rubaiyat editions and something a man with artistic bent might make use of in 1948. The job far easier to complete when the artwork is already done .

Perhaps Prof. Abbott wasn’t that far off the mark when he remarked that the largish envelopes would fit decorative cards the Somerton Man had yet to buy. An artisan on the other hand would be skilful enough to make his own.

The Rubaiyat and suicide.

 

Joseph Saul Haim Marshall Suicide

Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we, too, into the dust descend.
Dust into dust, and under dust to lie
Sans wine, sans song, sans singer and sans end.

Marshall’s brother said, “I have no doubt that this was the form of death that would appeal to my brother, as being the finest and noblest way of terminating his life.”

Thanks Barry Traish …

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Elihu Vedder Artist

Title: (Illustration for Rubaiyat of Omar Kayyhem)

The Suicide.

Keywords:

Allegory – death

Allegory – religion – immortality

State of being – death – suicide

Details: Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Joan Louise Ogilvie Suicide

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The Somerton Man Suicide

And look—a thousand Blossoms with the Day Woke

—and a thousand scatter’d into Clay: 

And this first Summer Month that brings the Rose 

Shall take Jamshyd and Kaikobad away.

Was the code written solely for the woman whose phone number appeared above it?

- and a thousand scattered into clay

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When was the Rubaiyat lost?

Detective Brown is on record as saying Detective Sergeant Leane's filing system was responsible for losing track of the Rubaiyat.

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The part fingerprinter Patrick James Durham wasn’t asked to play in the Somerton Man case.

It's often been said that proof the suitcase and its contents belonged to the Somerton Man hangs by a thread and that's not an exaggeration by any means. But it didn't have to be that way.

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Which of the Thomsons was responsible for Rachel’s DNA?

Family matters ..

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Beyond the grave / The Somerton Man … ABC TV, September 6th. The full transcript.

Over 4 months now since the exhumation and beginnings of his DNA search .. Is there a problem?

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Reasons enough to believe the Somerton Man didn’t die where he was found.

Remarks by Professor Cleland, Coroner Cleland and Professor Stanton Hicks.

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This is not the real torn page

This is not the real Freeman Rubaiyat

Ex SAPOL Gerry Feltus was the Detective in charge of the cold case investigation and his book ‘The Unknown Man’ is required reading. The pity is that both the softcover and e-Book versions are no longer available.

Feltus stands by his claim that the Freeman Rubaiyat exists and states in his book that ‘two (un-named) reliable sources’ told him they had seen it.

He also writes that the two images shown above were not of the original Rubaiyat and torn page ..

Why Dr Colleen Fitzpatrick chose her words very carefully.

.. and some unwarranted doubt raised by Professor Derek Abbott.

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Was the Somerton Man one of the many Germans working in the Salisbury Weapons Complex?

1948 - The enemy amongst us.

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12. Instances of false reporting in the early stages of the Somerton Body Case.

We’ve already established through re-reading GF’s book that the commonly accepted and widely published images of both the Freeman Rubaiyat and the torn page were not of the original, meaning the press mocked them up after talking to the police.

We were told in another press report published only days after Freeman handed his Rubaiyat to DS Leane that it was torn from a Rubaiyat published in New Zealand by Whitcombe and Tombs spelt Toombs. The report also included the false image of the Freeman Rubaiyat..

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/130270026?searchTerm=phone%20number%20found%20on%20cover%20of%20book

One irresistible implication is that this information was also provided by the police. The other that it is also false – for reasons that have yet to become clear.

The press was in close contact with the investigating police prior to and post inquest as you would expect, particularly after DS Leane let them have a look at the Taman Shud slip and acknowledging his senior administrative background in the police force and the importance of the case, it’s hard to imagine him authorising any release of false information.

Yet he did. Twice.

One mistake is acceptable, two is not. Three makes them all deliberate.

8. The post-war conspiracy between the United Kingdom and Australia to secretly procure German scientists and technicians – some destined to work in the weapons development industry in Salisbury, a suburb of Adelaide.

‘Britain secretly organised the recruitment and transfer to Australia of scores of leading Nazi scientists and weapons specialists after the second world war, newly declassified Australian government papers disclosed yesterday.

The German scientists sent to Australia under a top secret Anglo-American project codenamed Operation Matchbox included SS and Nazi party members. The leading Nazi-hunting watchdog, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem, yesterday demanded an investigation into the recruitments ordered by Britain and the US, and said Australia was a haven for “holocaust perpetrators and mass murderers”.

According to documents obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald, the British government decided within four months of the end of the war to poach “a limited number of German scientists and technicians… on defence research to develop military potential at Germany’s expense.”

Ian Traynor, The Guardian, August 1999.

Some of these men named below agreed to work in America, others in Australia. We have no birthdates and don’t know where and when they died. We don’t know if the Somerton Man is amongst them.

4895
4916

File DEFE 41/38 .. 1 of 3 files.

5. Proof the code is an acrostic depends on whose edition of Omar Khayyham’s quatrains you are looking at.

Imagine asking Australia’s foremost post-war decoding unit to determine if a code was an acrostic without providing them with the book it was written on.

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W R G O A B A B D

Meet Clarke Willis Walton (1885-1938), cotton goods manufacturer, small-time amateur printer and well-respected American publisher.

CW Walton

‘Walton published at least 15 small (17.5cmX12cm) numbered limited editions of the Rubaiyat.. For An Omarian Alphabet (cover pictured end of post) he selected 26 quatrains by 24 translators (2 each from Fitzgerald and Thompson) and associated each quatrain with a different letter of the alphabet. To each quatrain he added a caption of the form, A IS for Allah, the Lord of Omar or M IS for Morning, time for youth to rise.’

That’s generally the picture, and if we use Walton’s Omarian Alphabet on the first line of code – this is the result.

W is for wine, Omar well knows. Quatrain LV1

R is for Rose, like a Ruby rare. Quatrain 1X

G is for Garden, that lovely place. Quatrain 1X

O is for Oblivion, cheat it if you can. Quatrain XV1

A is for Allah, the Lord of Omar. Quatrain CLXX

B is for Bahram, a great old sport. Quatrain XX1

A is for Allah, the Lord of Omar. Quatrain CLXX

B is for Bahram, a great old sport. Quatrain XX1

D is for Dowry, love to the bride. Quatrain CLXLV111

Sounds like a semi-religious love chant .. Omar style.

Perhaps the Somerton Man carried a copy of one of these memorable, traceable, numbered rare editions with him, or perhaps one of Walton’s 15 editions of The Rubaiyat, but seeing the police didn’t release an image of the Freeman Rubaiyat, we’ll probably never know.

https://omarkhayyamrubaiyat.wordpress.com/2020/07/14/an-omarian-alphabet/

*An acrostic (verse) is a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word, message or the alphabet. 

The cover of Walton’s An Omarian Alphabet.

2. The Wiesenthal list of 22 Lithuanian Nazi collaborators ..

.. who settled in Australia after the war.

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