Pearl Harbor photosfound in an attic

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  1. Judge Sharpe

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    These photos were taken with a Brownie December 7, 1941. A friend e-mailed them to me and I wanted to share.
    The film was in a Brownie that had been stored away, and was undeveloped, or so the storie goes.
    It held up pretty darn good Considering that there was no climet control, in an el -cheapo camera, and using avalible light with no adjustments. And it was a snapshooter at that. What do you all think??

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    Wow. Horrifying, but you're right, surprisingly good. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Quite remarkable for the film to look so good without having been developed for so long. Some of the photos were taken at the Naval Air Station on Ford Island. They are already in the National Archive, captioned as official US Navy photographs.

    The presence of the clock in the lower right of one of the images, and the serial numbers marked on some of the negatives also make me think that they are not the work of a snapshooter with a Brownie. I'd really prefer it for my suspicions to be unfounded.

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    #77 had me wondering...
     
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    In case it isn't obvious, I've seen them before - some are rather well known, and they have been around for decades. They were not taken by 'a snapshooter' but by a number of photographers, mostly official ones.

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    WOW! Thank you for sharing these.. I can't stop looking at them!
     
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    WOW......these images are a great deal of history. Well preserved and clear at most.


    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Those images, and many more dramatic US Navy photos of the attack on Pearl Harbor are available freely through the National Archives: link.

    Here is the famous picture of the magazine of the USS Shaw exploding (the 11th in the series above): link.

    Why do these images need to be tainted with a cheap internet 'Brownie in the attic' lie? Surely the truth is the only story we should try to tell - don't we owe it to the people who took the pictures, and those who lost their lives?

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    These photos' were probably taken with a speed graphic camera.
     
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    No kidding, I recognized several right away. Way to tarnish a piece of real history. :thumbdown:
     
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    Helen - your links are - sadly - not working for me - they lead to a page saying that search is not available

    used this search term:
    pearl harbor photographs USS Shaw exploding
    and did get a single responce which was that same shot - though it looks as if the ones presented in this thread have been digitally edited - that or the one on that site is a poor scan copy.
     
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