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The Secret (a treasure hunt) / Title Page
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Title Page

Page history last edited by Oregonian 5 years, 5 months ago

General notes on Title Page

  • This is a two-page spread that appeared at the start of The Secret.  It gives the title of the book and lists the various contributors and the publisher.
  • The artist for this image is JJ Palencar, and his initials can be seen on the monument.
  • The drawing has unusual shapes that seem to be clues, but isn't clear how this page might work with the other illustrations.




Specific Observations

  Please record your notes about the title page in the list below.  Use the letter/number grid to identify the point on the image that you're describing.  To keep things organized, 1) please start each observation with a letter/number combo (in bold), and 2) add new observations in the right place on the list to keep everything alphabetized.

  • E9 - The smile on the figure's face is very similar to the expression on half of the Montreal image.



The Fence:


Specific Observations

  Please record your notes about the fence in the list below.

  • The winding lines look like paths or roads.
  • Why do the semicircles on the top of the fence grow steadily larger from left to right?




The Figure:


Specific Observations

  Please record your notes about the figure in the list below.

  • The smile and swollen nose on the figure's face have a strong similarity to the face on half of the Montreal painting (Image 9).
  • The wrinkles on the right sleeve appear to form letters (possibly WhIP).  Compare them to the writing on the sleeve in Image 11.
  • The wrinkles on the left sleeve may show the number 14.
  • The laces on the right legging appear to be significant.  Possibly Roman numerals?  VXX?
  • The way the left hand clutches the shovel handle with a raised index finger seems very familiar.  It may be a reference to the Statue of Liberty and the New York City puzzle (Image 12).
  • The shape of the spindles in the balustrade seems unusual and distinctive.  Does it match an existing balustrade in one of the casque locations?




Other Notes:

  • This image may have clues to help with the casque sites, or it may simply be filled with red herrings.



Image Matches


The curls in the figure's hair may spell out "Boston."

The fence itself may be a homonym for Fens, where the Boston casque is thought to be hidden.  
The curls in the fence have an interesting resemblance to the curls in the ironwork gate to the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Boston Back Bay Fens.  




Latitude / Longitude Hints

None so far.




Questions, questions, questions...

  • If this page has clues, does it help with all the locations or just with Boston?



Comments (5)

bf5man said

at 9:12 pm on Jan 8, 2017

The Boston Public Library has a balustrade with a vaguely similar spindles pattern: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/31/Courtyard_-_Boston_Public_Library,_McKim_Building_-_DSC09277.JPG
I doubt this is the ones Byron wanted to illustrate, they differ quite a bit. By the way, the square shape, enclosing the pattern below the balustrade might also represent the old part of the BPL viewed from the air, interestingly, the nose of the central figure could points at the balustrade https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Boston+Public+Library/@42.3495839,-71.0780042,443a,20y,70.63h/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e37a0c429bf853:0xb9d45dfe5bc1ac73!8m2!3d42.3493943!4d-71.0783672
it might also reference a "square" like Copley square, but it's a stretch.

Oregonian said

at 1:24 pm on Mar 2, 2017

I don't know the difference between urn and spindle balustrades, but the Lake Park Footbridge at the center of the Image 10 puzzle originally looked a lot like this. (See the Verse 8 page for more details.)


Dane said

at 12:02 pm on Jan 13, 2017


the stone railing outside of the 2C area seems to match this pretty well

dellucc said

at 10:46 am on Mar 2, 2017

80,94 for lat and long. E8 looks like 80.F9 looks like ( with the 4 upside down.

dellucc said

at 11:02 am on Mar 2, 2017

D 10, He has two thumbs.

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