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Old 12-15-2013, 01:40 PM
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Unseen Photo of the Kaiser

Hello everyone, Although there is much more to this photo, I am simply looking for opinions. Would any one here have any doubts as to whether the man in the photo is the Kaiser? Please let me know what you think.

The inserted comparative photo the Kaiser is 21 years of age which would have been taken approximately 1880, the photo in question is suspect of being taken late 1880's with the Kaiser being approximately 30 years of age.

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Old 12-15-2013, 03:57 PM
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Don't know the picture in question, but in the case of Wilhelm II one very clear feature should be the left arm being visibly shorter than the right... unfortunately it's not very clear from this angle..

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Old 12-15-2013, 08:14 PM
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I can't imagine the German emperor would ever dress like this, he was known to take pride in his clothes, changing several times a day. The man on the picture looks unkept in comparison. There is a facial resemblance, but that may be the angle of the picture. The ears seem to have a different shape too.
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Old 12-16-2013, 12:36 AM
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I feel like the arch of his eyebrow and the style of the mustache is different as well.
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The quality of the clothes don't seem to be right for the wealth and class of the Kaiser but more working class/farming class clothes.
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:02 PM
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The retouching (the photoshopping of its day) of the inset photo has been botched in that one side of the moustache is notably thinner than the other.
The main photo appears to be of a rural worker, certainly not the Kaiser.
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The Kaiser's consort, Empress Augusta, seemed to have quickly lost patience with her husband and allied herself with her son, Crown Prince Wilhelm.
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Life of the Week: Kaiser Wilhelm II

On 9 November 1918, the abdication of Germany’s Kaiser (emperor) Wilhelm II was announced – two days before the armistice, which ended the First World War

Kaiser Wilhelm II: His life and facts | History Extra

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