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Why are so many WW2 photos taken on base of vets developed on wrong side.Almost all of my family members studio type pictures have their shoulder patch on wrong shoulder and overseas cap tilted wrong way.Anyone noticed this before?

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Yes I had a discussion about this not too long ago. I think they were developed by civilians who didn't know any better or just didn't care....IMO

Pvt. James H. Honey 1st Md. Eastern shore Vol. Inf. Co. D (union) Gettysburg
Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
Cpl. Harry Lawrence Butler Jr 23rd Regt. WIA Korea Lt. George Olin Tilghman 111th MG. 29th Div. WW1 DIS France 1919

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As a tinkering photographer that spent many hours in dark rooms, It's not always easy to see the details especially on the those small brownie sized prints, even more so if it is something you are unfamiliar with. The nice thing about using 35mm slides, is that we could just flip them around! But now in the mighty photoshop it just edit > transform > flip horizontal. :D


What gets me are the pics where the patch and medals side are almost deliberately not shown.


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