I found these x-rays (one and two) in a box of stuff from my mother, and I know she had broken her arm in 1939 when she was 6:

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Are these x-rays consistent with a girl of her age? Does the number on the image contain any information that would narrow down when the x-rays were taken? (yes she was living in Denver)

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    Unusual question for this site, and it's pretty clearly off topic, but I'll allow it at least for a while in case someone has insight, but it would probably get better answers on History.SE.
    – Carey Gregory
    Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 1:11
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    For what it's worth, by combining the legible letters across the two images, you can make out the doctor's name as G.F.Wollgast, MD, which, with an Internet search, matches a doctor of that name in Denver around that time. Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 9:16
  • Brilliant, thank you! Commented Apr 19, 2020 at 12:29

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X-rays normally contain identification markers to indicate the side, the date, possibly name and other information. It looks like you've cut part of the x-rays off but it looks like there's a treating MD's name at the top.

The date could be 9th August 1939, and the 1636 a clinic ID or something else. It's not a timestamp as it's the same in both x-rays. The L means left arm.

It clearly is an x-ray of a greenstick fracture of the distal radius in a child, because the epiphyses have not yet fused.

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