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[2 Photographs of Atomic Bomb Damage in Hiroshima]

[Photography]; [WWII]

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Hiroshima: United States Strategic Bomb Survey, [ca. 1945]. Two black-and-white gelatin silver photographs, each measuring 4î x 5î approx. Typed captions to versos. One bearing large ink stamp of the Hiroshima-Matsuyama ferry line. Mild wear. Very good or better. (Item ID: 15317)

A pair of official United States Strategic Bomb Survey (USSBS) damage prints of Hiroshima taken November 28, 1945. One is an exterior view of the Chugoku Coal Distribution Control Company (designated Building 12 by the Survey); the other captioned as: ìBuilding 300 ft. NWW from GZ [Ground Zero]. No structural damage.î The history of photo documentation in the months just after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is one of official censorship. General Macarthurís order in late 1945 explicitly banning photographs of the sites has meant that images of the immediate aftermath are scarce, and these survey photos remain perhaps the best and most accurate sources extant. The largest collection of such photos is at the I.C.P.; individual examples are rarely seen.


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