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How to use reverse image searches to locate an ID for an insignia

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I have been wanting to make a video like this for the forum for a while. Please pin this? I am always happy to help ID patches but sometimes it would be nice for people to take a few minutes and try for themselves. You may learn something when you go hunting for the ID too! Especially when there are words on the patch. 


Please watch my tutorial: Not sure why it is being blurry right now. 













To practice, here is an image of an unknown squadron patch listed currently on eBay. There are 26 people watching folks if you think I am spoiling something here. 




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Look at the patch for some clues. 


1. A pilgrim style blunderbuss musket...meaning their weaponry is a joke. Not their primary mission. This is NOT a fighter squadron insignia. 

2. Clearly some sort of camera underneath

3. Globe. Looking at polar regions. 

4. Riding a bird

5. Red and white helmets? Navy. Air Force? 

6. Mae west vests? Parachutes? Navy? 

7. The size of a patch can help you figure out if it is Air Force or Navy




When doing a google image search, try adding these to the word search


"navy" AND "Squadron patch"


With the camera underneath...search for terms that would go with a squadron unit. Topographic. Aerial. Photographic. Patrol. Etc...


Do more keyword searches with the image. If you have not done at least a dozen you are not trying. 

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Thanks very much ... just from your tutorial I was able to assign two different ‘mystery’ patches actual names. Much appreciated!

Looking for:


1. CIB with M16 instead of 1795 Musket

2. Rarer current era brassards and armbands


Thanks for taking the time to read this!


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