Quadrille - 9:34 am on Dec 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
I agree with you. I know webmasters in both the UK and the US that were hit by the Panda, and virtually wiped out by it.
The sites in question were older, well maintained, and unique.
They also contained valuable information. They were not automated sites with PLR content or scraped content.
One of the sites was about printing presses and the history of printing around the world. It also had or has photos, and descriptions, already on site and within the articles.
So what on Earth makes you think this was Panda? The timing? Or do you have some evidence.
None of your description comes close to describing what Panda was about, or why such a site would have suffered collateral damage / whatever / please insert preferred term.