The seller is a nice chap. It´s ok for me to cancel the deal if the discussion here proves that its a fake (looks like that at the moment).
Thanks in advance
New to the forum but i have been collecting third reich photographs for some time now. Although i do not claim to be an expert i do have lots of experience through my work in interpreting photos.
The obverse of the image seems to be granulated, and in the bottom left quarter of the photo you can see evidence suggesting it may be a scan of an original; this will also corroborate the theory and comments regarding the reverse looking" ...older than thr front", a technique used by many possible fakers.
The stamps on the reverse are undoubtably from original stamps of WW2 period, however the ink seems to appear too bright, considering the aging of the rest of the reverse, therefore suggesting the stamps were added post WW2 (some time after in fact!!).
Another point to consider, as already conveyed in this thread, why would there be an OKW stamp on the back of a photo portraying Luftwaffe? If the photo was taken for PR means, or to be used as an official photo in the likes of "Der ADLER" magazine the stamp would reflect the official photo unit responsible for taking the image (i have many examples of these).
I will shut up for now as i love talking about this stuff, and i am conscious i am begining to drone on LoL. Hope this helps, all the best
Not all original paper has a makers stamp etc , with the stamps on this my initial impression was that it may be a press photo but on examination it clearly isn't , for me it is not a period photo !
The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )
1st July 1916
Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader
House Carles at the Battle of Hastings