Proof: That Awful Poster Was Real & Definitely On Display In Melbourne

On August 19 twitter user @DanLMcG posted a tweet with a photograph of an offensive poster and said it had been spotted in Heffernan Lane, Melbourne.

On August 21 he posted another tweet with a photograph of a window with some tape and poster remnants and said the offensive poster had been removed.

As Dan was the only person to have published a photograph of the poster and because the photograph of the poster in the first tweet gave no context as to where it was located, efforts were made by some to get confirmation that it was actually on display at some point where it was claimed to have been.

On August 22 reporter @sallywhyte visited Heffernan Lane and posted a tweet with a photograph of a window she said matched the look of the photographs Dan tweeted, and she noted there were no posters there that morning.

Since news of this poster broke, it has been described as a false flag operation, fake news, uncomfirmed, unverified, allegedly spotted, faked, not legitimate, invented, photoshopped (the original tweet, not when Channel 10 actually photoshopped it), a stunt and a social media prank.

I will simply show that the photograph is of the poster on display on the same window in Heffernan Lane in Melbourne from @sallywhyte’s tweet. I make no claims as to when it was on display, who put it there or if there were other posters on display, simply that the original photograph of the poster is real and that it was on display where @DanLMcG claimed.

These are the three images, Image 1 from @DanLMcG 19/08/17, Image 2 from @DanLMcG 21/08/17 and Image 3 from @sallywhyte 22/08/17.

Images 2 and 3 are clearly the same window, they have identical signs and architecture in their reflections and they have some identical poster remnants. So having established that Images 2 and 3 are in Heffernan Lane, even if you were to ignore that the bottom right hand corner of the poster is in Image 2, you may still argue that there is not enough context in Image 1 to identify its location. But there is. There is a common unique element that connects all three images. A pattern of adhesive residue on the window.

Image brightness and contrast adjusted for clarity

And if you wanted further proof, the poster in Image 1 features identical tape markings to the corner of the poster remnant in Image 2.

The photograph tweeted by @DanLMcG on August 19 is indisputably a photograph of a poster that was on display at some point in Heffernan Lane, Melbourne.

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