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Thursday, November 11, 2010


I was looking for the world famous poem by Colonel John McCrae on the web, In Flanders Fields on this Remembrance day and was surprised to find two different written versions, both signed with John McCrae signature. Which one is the real one? The penmanship is different in both and the last word at the end of the first line are different also. One says  grow and the other says blow.  The one obtained from The McCrae Museum of the Guelph Museum says  blow and the one I got from Wikipedia says grow.

Thanks to Anonymous I got the photo to stay upright.  I learned a new trick today.

                                  This first copy of In Flanders Fields came from the McCrae Museum  and is the right caopy.

This second one was taken from Wikipedia and is not accurate, therefor a counterfeit copy.

It's a beautiful poem and worth preserving in it's original words. 
It makes one wonder about the accuracy our written history. Let us all remember our valiant soldiers who fought for our precious freedom. We will remember and we give thanks for all the sacrifices they endured and their families.   JB


  1. The version with "blow" is the correct one. Wikipedia information is notoriously inaccurate. Anyone can add to wiki

  2. Kim, that was my conclusion too but I wanted to make an awareness of this fact. The museum archives would be more accurate for sure than Wikipedia. JB

  3. If you ever figure out how to fix that problem with blogger turning pictures I would love to know.It has been bad this week. Maybe I should take them sideways?
    It is a nice poem and as my kids are always saying "Don't trust Wikipedia." I still have my old Encyclopedias on my shelf and still use them when unsure. Also I think the museum would be a better source though. Thanks for sharing. I am glad you called it Remembrance Day. That is what my Mom always called it. I always thought it fit better.

  4. Farm Girl, thanks for your comment. I think that from now on, I'll take all vertical photo for my blog too. Take care. JB

  5. You need to rotate the photo on your computer BEFORE you post it. On your Mac, you do that by opening it in the application called Preview, clicking on the appropriate arrow in the toolbar (one says "rotate right", the other "rotate left", then save the image. Then post it. Don't trust the blog software to do it.

  6. Thanks Anonymous, but I did rotate the photos in my iphoto library before I put it in my desktop album but when I post it on my blog they return to how they came from the camera. I haven't use the Preview application however. Thanks again. JB

  7. But iPhoto preserves the image in its original form, and only the VIEW in iPhoto gets rotated. Unless the actual image file gets rotated, it will come out as it was taken. If you take the photo from your desktop and open it in Preview, rotate it, then save it, it will show up in the correct orientation no matter what application you then use to view it. You have a copy of Preview on your Mac. It comes with the computer.

    iPhoto keeps things in the original for a reason: so you can recover the original image should you make a mistake, change your mind about the changes, etc. You can always back out of what you've done. But it means that if you want changes to stick to the original image, you need to handle it somewhat differently. I can show you next time i'm out there.

  8. I see you found the magic sauce to get the images to stay rotated. They look much better now.

  9. Thanks Anonymous( web). It worked and thanks for reading my blog and leaving comments. JB