Can anyone read these numbers on my 1914 Beaudette body plate? If so, what does this tell me? Any ideas on how to enhance the numbers to make them more readable? I've already played with the photos in iPhoto. Thanks.
It looks like your plate was exposed to quite a bit of rust. We may not be able to read that one even with a high resolution photograph.
You said it was a Beaudett body – are you basing that on a “B” embossed on the front heel panel or on something else?
I’ve been lucky a few times and been able to change the contrast and sometimes even invert the colors and been able to make out what a body number was. If you want me to try it, please send me a high resolution photo of the number from several angles. The photos you posted would work as long as they were 400 kb or better.
In this case if your body has a “B” on the heel panel or is otherwise identified as a Beaudett (and just having the metal Tag probably isn’t enough to confirm it for sure as other makers may have also used a metal tag according to some posting. ) the a 1914 Body would have the following general lay for the number:
Eric Hylen kindly posted his 1914 Beaudett body tag that is shown below:
In this case the 4 dot 14 dot 90684 stands for Apr 1914 . Note that the month and year are the first 3 digits. Your tag appears to be really bad in that area which may make it harder to figure out. (See also the posting: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/29/40322.html )
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We never know until we try.
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You may want to clean the tag just a little then take a piece of copy paper, lay it over the tag and make a rubbing.
Take a pencil and lay the point on its side and "rub" it across the tag numbers back and forth with the paper in between.
I say you may see: 5-14-9182?
(the - is a dot and I am almost clueless on the last two)
Ken in Texas
A couple of ideas:
1) Lighting it from the side will accentuate the relief, maybe making it easier to read.
2) Flip the plate over, maybe some of the numbers will stand out better on the back side?
maybe a rubbing from the back side?
Mark read my mind. Sometimes a strong light from different angles will make something like that readable.
Great ideas!!! Thanks. I'm going to try and very carefully remove the tag and try the reverse thing and the pencil rubbing. Maybe once it's off, this will be easier. I'll take more pics after that and post them.
I knew I could count on you guys.