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    Great negs. Shows at least two things: 1. If this is the deterioration(none that I could see) after 60+ years there seems little reason to believe that the next 60 shouldn't see another set of top class printable pictures from them.
    2. There isn't much that can't be captured with any slight wide angle to normal prime lens. Like another poster I also wonder about the possilble historical significance of the body of Mussolini. Everyone assumes that there must be several of such negs but are there?

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    Re Mussolini

    There was no corresponding negative for the Mussolini print; there was only a print in the box. All I could do, therefore, was scan the print.

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    top find! I'm with the others on the Mussolini pic - very haunting
    Cleared the bowel problem, working on the consonants...

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    Absolutely wonderful photos! What a treasure!
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    A brief search found plenty of dead Mussolini photos, but not this one.
    "There are two ways to avoid most trouble in life: live below your means... and within your seams."

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    What to say. This is photography at it's best. Your dad's (and his copilot's) simple, honest images jump out from such a HUGE, HONORABLE moment in human history. Made my heart clutch.

    In the process of drinking each and every slice of that awful, glorious time, I became more and more curious about the snap of your dad's copilot cutting up with the electronic specialist from alabama ... not the chinny-chin-chin business but about the deportment of the copilot's holster – a locked-open, partially stowed .45 auto with the nose of a .50 cal (?) cartridge shoved in the ejection port???

    Just a snap shot, but I'll bet the honorable veteran from Alabama has an interesting little story on what led up to that little, mundane moment 62 years back.

    Nice work this – thanks to your dad, his copilot and his electrical whiz and all who made it thru that old, momumental war (and the many, many who didn't), we freely celebrate Christmas, the Gods of our chosen faith, all that stuff.

    Corny and gushy I know but really, I'm so moved by those wonderful, old photo graphs I just can't not say something.

    Merry Christmas to All!

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    Re the electronics specialist, the day I mailed him five prints containing his image I also called him and spoke with him for about four minutes. I asked him, "What photographic matters did my father discuss with you?" He replied, "He spent so much time praising his Leica camera and lenses. It seemed that was all he wanted to talk about!" "Did you, therefore, not also own a Leica while you both were stationed in Italy?" "No, I had an Argus camera. I didn't buy a Leica until the war was over and I had returned to America. Once I used that Leica, I was able to see the validity of your father's praise and adoration."

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    These pics show how the negative format has preserved history. I doubt if a tiny fraction of the digital amages now being taken will be able to be found by 2070.

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    Wow, fantastic stuff! Thanks for going through the effort of sharing that with us!

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    Wow. Amazing.

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