Beautiful! It's so nice to see images of decorations that are so incredibly rare! I'm still hoping to see images of several items that aren't up yet though, so hopefully you will find them in the future! I will check back regularly, just in case!
It is indeed ambitious to find images for some of the rarer medals and badges. On top of that, there are the legal and copyright issues. That is why we encourage any collector of the community to contribute not only to information, but also to images. If your collection includes items for which MedalBook is lacking pictures, please feel free to share them with us!
I really appreciate that you guys not only listed entries for all the different makers, but also made sure to mention the different versions these different makers are responsible for! I can think of several things you guys could still implement to make this database even better, but even at this stage it is already very comprehensive.
The silver Purple Heart is from the initial requisition for 135,000 medals supplied by the U.S. Mint to the U.S. Navy in 1942. Due to the need to conserve metals such as copper and brass, this initial order was made from Sterling Silver and gold plated. They cost the Navy $2.56 each compared to about $1.76 each for medals made of bronze supplied by Rex Products and Robbins Co. to the U.S. Army. The silver medals were not numbered. Subsequent requisitions by the Navy made in 1944 and 1945 were made of bronze. Navy Purple Hearts made in 1945 were numbered. This information is to be found in "The Call of Duty: Military awards and decorations of the United States of America", by Strandberg and Bender;
You will find the most comprehensive description of US awards and their "Attachments and Appurtenances" in "Military Medals of the United States" by Colonel Frank Foster and Lawrence Borts. US medal design is controlled by the Institute of Heraldry (managed on behalf of all four services by the US Army) and the Commission of Fine Arts. Your question is a logical one, but the US award system allows for a wide variety of ribbon emblems to be worn on each award. The meaning of these varies and there can be emblems on a single ribbon denoting multiple awards, acts of valour or merit, or multiple tours of duty etc. British and Commonwealth awards only permit attachments that show one additional type of service; e.g. multiple awards, or same service in another location, or periods of additional long service, or service in a specific combat zone (Atlantic Medal). The relatively short length of ribbon on US awards limits space available and precludes the use of "Bars" common to British and Commonwealth awards. I have 'Court Mounted' numerous US awards on medal bars for New Zealand service personnel, both full-size and miniature, and it is a difficult job.