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The Backyard Photos: Ring Transposition

on Sat 11 Aug 2018, 10:27 pm
I’ve been interested in the Oswald backyard photos off and on for many years. Recently due to having too much time on my hands I decided to take another squizz at these iconic fakes.
 
I had read somewhere that in one of the photos Oswald (or at least the supposed Oswald) is shown wearing a ring. So I’ve always known that 133C shows the figure wearing a ring on his left hand. You can imagine my consternation therefore while taking a squizz at 133B, I discover that Oswald is shown wearing a ring on his right hand. WTF?
 
Well its been several days now I and no matter which way I look at the photos and scratch my head, 133C always shows the ring on the left hand and 133B always shows the ring on the right hand. I therefore thought that I had better run this past the bright fellows on this forum for another opinion.
 
It seems to me as if the compositing artist has flipped the negative of the body thereby placing the ring on the right hand side. Then perhaps he had to finish up 133B in a hurry for some reason and left a few items outstanding.
 
Additionally, if you look at an enlargement of the truncated fingers in 133A there is a visible ring mark on the ring finger. It looks as if the person posing for the camera has now removed his ring and the negative of the body has then been flipped over leaving the ring mark on the right hand. So in summary we have:
 
133C ring on left hand
133B ring on right hand
133A no ring on either hand, but ring mark on right hand
 
In my opinion this ring transposition is pretty much fatal to any chance for authenticity the photos may have. The question is therefore: why hasn’t this rather obvious problem been discussed before? I spent a long time looking up what exists of the backyard photo literature and came up with nothing.
 
Surely for example the late great Jack White would have seen this, but I’ve come to the conclusion that Jack never looked at 133C in any detail. I found this quote in Jim Marr’s book Crossfire (2013):
 
“Furthermore, in recent years White discovered other problems with the backyard photos. In one picture, the tips of Oswald’s fingers appear to be missing as does one end of the rifle’s telescopic sight. White claimed this was due to sloppy airbrushing on the part of whoever faked the picture. In one photo, the figure can be seen wearing a large ring on his right hand, yet the ring is missing in the other photos.”
 
In his 1990 video “Fake”, White describes how he is able to discern a watch on the left arm in 133B, apparently oblivious to the fact the watch is completely visible in 133C.

I'm afraid that I cannot get this site's image posting feature to work however these photos are readily available on the web.
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Re: The Backyard Photos: Ring Transposition

on Sun 12 Aug 2018, 2:29 am
Welcome aboard, Mr. Scam.

The reason you can't post images is due to a hard-wired feature of this website that requires a person to be a member for a week or so before image-posting capability is enabled. We all have gone through this; it's a one-time thing.

Looking forward to seeing more of your analysis.

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Re: The Backyard Photos: Ring Transposition

on Sun 12 Aug 2018, 2:59 am
Thank you Mr Stan, 

I will wait patiently for a week until I can post the images I had prepared. In the meantime I should explain that I prefer anonymity because, unlike your fortunate goodself in the picture above, my plastic surgery went horribly wrong and I prefer not to be seen in public anymore.

I should mention that I did find one previous reference to this apparent anomaly. This was in a comment from ziggystar60 in a thread on the Above Top Secret forum. See the thread
 
"New Analysis of Oswald’s Backyard Photo – JFK Assassination"
at page 4 down the bottom of the page. ziggystar60 I think did not really comprehend what he was seeing, the photos he uploaded were of very poor resolution and the discussion on the thread did not take up the issue. It was not until I saw ziggystar60's comment that I could feel sure that I was not seeing things.
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Re: The Backyard Photos: Ring Transposition

on Sun 12 Aug 2018, 2:06 pm
I have made a slight error in the post as I have provided 2013 as the publication date for Jim Marr's Crossfire. Somehow I got this number from Google Books. In fact Crossfire was one of the books used as the basis for the film JFK and was originally published in 1989.
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Re: The Backyard Photos: Ring Transposition

on Sun 12 Aug 2018, 8:21 pm
Welcome to ROKC. A updated version of Crossfire was released in 2013.
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Re: The Backyard Photos: Ring Transposition

on Sun 12 Aug 2018, 11:09 pm
Thanks for clearing up the Crossfire confusion.

The Jake White "Fake" video is available in full on Youtube under the title "Lee Harvey Oswald Photo Analysis". At 23:24 in the video Jack shows an enlargement of 133B with a watch drawn on the left wrist with the dial showing on the inside of the wrist. 

Clearly he seems to have never seen 133C in any detail at that point since the watch is clearly seen in that photo with the dial on the outside of the wrist.

White states in his HSCA testimony:

"Mr. WHITE. The heads in A and B are identical to one another
with the exception of the lip area, which shows strong signs of
retouching. I was not able to adequately compare the head on C to A and B because I did not have an adequate quality print at the
time I made my comparisons."
 
"Mr. WHITE. I studied 133-A and 133-B, because up until 1975 I
did not have 133-C, and when I did, it was only a magazine
reproduction so I did not have a very good quality print to work
with."
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