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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. 

 

 

 

https://tineye.com/

 

https://www.bing.com/visualsearch/Microsoft/SimilarImages

 

https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi&authuser=0&ogbl

 

https://yandex.com/images/

 

 

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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