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Post Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:14 pm 
 

A friend of mine and I were discussing side labels on woodies the other day and there do seem to be some out there with the label on the left flap.  The picture below features a first print on the left and a third print (the Greyhawk Woody) on the right:

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If I understand it correctly, almost all of the side labels appear on the right flap.  The labels (both front and side) also appear to be larger on the third print.  Any insights on this?


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Post Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:37 pm 
 

Haven't seen an early print box with label on the left, yet.
Was anyone else involved in the later assemblage who's left handed? :P

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Also still vague about the possibly overlapping usage of box types on the 1st/2nd prints (those known still to be in their original boxes).

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:44 pm 
 

Why are the labels on the 3rd print so much bigger?


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Post Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:00 pm 
 

Had a quick check back through previous auctions and at least one other 3rd print with side label on the left.

Think this may have been mentioned before (when talking 'bout horizontal vs. vertical grain), but it was quite some time ago, if so.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:31 pm 
 

Wasn't Ward left handed?


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Post Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:37 pm 
 

bombadil wrote:Wasn't Ward left handed?

Might fit the date, if so? :)

  


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:54 am 
 

IIRC, Ward wasn't hired by TSR until 1980-ish.  EGG, Arneson, the two Kuntz brothers, Tim Kask, and perhaps Dave Sutherland were the earliest employees.  I'm sure someone else could correct if I've got that wrong.

I have no information about TSR employee handedness, though :D


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:48 pm 
 

Speaking as a lefty, I think it is silly to think a left-handed person would be more likely to put the label on the left side.  We are remarkably adept at fitting into a right-handed world.  :D

But, seriously, I don't think handedness would come into play.  For a lefty to be more predisposed to put the label on the left side, they would have to have done so with the box top up.  Not only would this be awkward, but it would be quite hard to get the label on straightly!

In all likelihood, the boxes were turned on their edge and then the label stuck on . . .  so it wouldn't really matter if the person were left or right handed . . . they would just flip it to the right side and use their dominant hand.


I can think of three more likely explanations:

1) Carelessness.  It was simply an accident (perhaps one that occured more than once).  

2) Boredom.  The person did it just for the hell of it, figuring it wouldn't matter.  That may sound odd to some people, but if I were assembling a bunch of box sets, it's something I might do . . . just for fun!  :)

3) Done with a purpose:  It's possible that there is some flaw that was on that side (perhaps something that affected several boxes) and the label was put there to cover it up.


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 5:25 pm 
 

Beyondthebreach wrote:Speaking as a lefty, I think it is silly to think a left-handed person would be more likely to put the label on the left side.  We are remarkably adept at fitting into a right-handed world.  :D

But, seriously, I don't think handedness would come into play.  For a lefty to be more predisposed to put the label on the left side, they would have to have done so with the box top up.  Not only would this be awkward, but it would be quite hard to get the label on straightly!

Another lefty here, basically agreeing with BtB. I'm not seeing how "handedness" would be the deciding factor here ... the others mentioned in BtB's post seem much more likely.

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