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Sue for Joe
Photo Error?
Sat Sep 2, 2017 17:52

Hi, Joe.

This March 3, 1932 Indianapolis newspaper shows a picture of the Hopewell house, but the view looks like a backward image.

The photo description says the police used the kidnap ladder to reconstruct the crime, but it looks like they are at Betty Gow's bedroom to investigate.

Miss Gow's room was on the northeast corner of the house. This photo reflects the police looking into matters at that northeast corner, but the baby's nursery was at the southeast corner.

So, Joe, what I am saying is that, unless the police were of the belief that Gow's window was the point of entry for the crime, this photo is a backwards image of the house.

You might say the photo is anatomically incorrect or architecturally incorrect.

How would a camera expert desribe this picture?

This may have been a common telephoto error in the 1930s.

But the photo speaks to why there is so much needless confusion about the Lindbergh case.

And, then, what of the possibility that the police believed early on that the criminals gained access to the baby through Betty's window?

There were probably no toys or other objects at HER window blocking entry like in the baby's room.

    • negative of photo was probably reversed (nm)Anonymous, Tue Sep 5 18:31
    • Hauptmann via Warden McCreaSue, Sun Sep 3 09:58
      The Lindbergh Trial: A Photographic View of Accused Kidnapper Hauptmann Via Warden McCrea from the Astle-Alpaugh Family Showcase... more
      • Part ISue, Sun Sep 3 17:36
      • Astle-Alpaugh Family CollectionSue, Sun Sep 3 17:25
        Other links to LKC photos and articles on this site, but here is one of them.
    • Re: Photo Error?Joe for Sue, Sun Sep 3 09:11
      Sue, I wasn't able to open the page to be able to read it, but can tell from the placement of the chimney and orientation of the house / landcaping, that this newspaper photo is a complete reverse... more
      • Re: Photo Error?Sue for Joe, Sun Sep 3 09:50
        Joe, I am also wary of "free." I believe requires your credit card number if you want to get their "free." There might be a way to post these newspaper articles for all to see. I just... more
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