|The original uncropped photo by Robert Freeman|
The uncropped original has been enhanced using various computer techniques and started popping up on social media in 2019:
|Artist Clayton Hickman used machine learning and Photoshop to give us an approximation of the uncropped image with much greater fidelity. Taken from Hickman’s Twitter account.|
But in some countries, the thread was not airbrushed out. So far, we are aware of Argentinian and Mexican copies of the album where John's jacket is unashamedly displaying it's shortcomings.
|Mexican pressing of Rubber Soul|
|Michelle EP - Mexico|
|Detail from an Argentinian Rubber Soul where their faces seems to have been softened somewhat.|
So what did happen to John's brown suede jacket? Made by D.A. Millings but not part of a Beatles uniform, John Lennon first donned this jacket in public during their 1964 U.S. tour.
Pretty soon, the right shoulder epaulette went missing, with only the loose thread to show for it. We have no idea what happened to it. Torn off by a fan?
|John with the jacket, left epaulette still in place.|
|Now at Hard Rock Cafe somewhere.|