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Photo numbers

Postby Nickanor on 31 Jan 2013 20:35

Hello!

Please help me.
I have two german ww2 photos from one photoalbum. The first is dated September (without year). There is number "42" in the corner.
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The second photo is dated April 1942. There is number "81".
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Does it means that the first photo was taken earlier - in September 1941?

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Re: Photo numbers

Postby Christoph Awender on 01 Feb 2013 10:40

Hello,

These are copy numbers. In many cases soldiers gave their films to either local or shops in germany where they often ordered copies for their comrades etc.. There was also the possibility to develop the film in a divisional or other military office. With these numbers the comrades were able to order copies of the photo from so called "Kontaktabzügen" which were small copies of the photo. Usually each film started with new numbers.

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Re: Photo numbers

Postby Nickanor on 01 Feb 2013 15:14

Thanks!
Does any number indicates that a photo is a copy?
Are copies numbered in random order?

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Re: Photo numbers

Postby hucks216 on 01 Feb 2013 19:19

The photos were numbered from 1 to whatever the final photo was, maybe 1 to 50 or 1 to 100. If there is a small number in the bottom corner such as those shown then chances are that there are other ones 'out there' somewhere as they were available for soldiers to order as already mentioned. They are copies in the strictest sense of the word but copied so that all the soldiers could order the ones they wanted to keep or send home.
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