I recently bought a charming old model kit, the Bachmann Americana “Fisher Boy”. It’s a little figure of a country boy, accompanied by his dog, returning from a visit to the fishin’ hole, straw hat perched jauntily on his head.
The box is the intriguing part. The picture on the box top is a front-view photograph of the model. And it’s flipped. If the picture weren’t flipped, the boy would be walking diagonally toward you and toward the left.
But flipped, he’s walking diagonally toward the viewer and to the right. It’s not an accident; the photo has been retouched so that the lettering on the “NO FISHING” sign is legible (not mirror-image).
So now the question: Why would they do this?
I know that rightward travel in the movies is considered to be toward the east. And I think Americans in general associate leftward (westward) travel with progress. Could they have made the boy walk eastward to make him look more nostalgic?
Your thoughts? And other examples?