HIROSHIMA ATOMIC BOMBING NEGATIVE, CAMERA & 1st PRINT PHOTO COLLECTION*HISTORICAL WWII MILITARY ARTIFACT OF AUGUST 6th 1945*
THIS IS THE ONLY NEGATIVE OF AUGUST 6th 1945 ATOMIC BOMBING EVER OFFERED FOR AUCTION NEWLY DISCOVERED AFTER 74 YEARSITEMS CAME FROM THE COLLECTION OF A SOLDIER WHO SERVED IN THE “9th Photographic Technical Squadron”
Items include 233 first generation silver prints of which 37 are 8 X 10″, a Kodak camera belonging to a soldier of the 9th Photographic Technical Squadron and the main item a “9 X 9” Kodak Black and White Negative depicting post bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th 1945. The photographs were taken in Guam and Japan and developed by the “9th Photographic Technical Squadron”. This unit was mostly unknown until 2016.
The Negative was likely made with a Fairchild K-22 aerial camera . This camera was fitted onto aircrafts such as the Boeing B 29, Douglas A-20, and North American P-51 and F-86. The K-22 yielded 9″×9″ or 9″×18″ images using 9″+ roll film. The only plane capable of reaching Japan at the time of the bombing was the B-29. It is unclear which plane took the photo, but it was a Boeing F-13A Reconnaissance Super fortress (a modified B-29 bomber) from the 3rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron(1). There is unverified indication that the “Valiant Lady” may have taken the photo(2)(3).
CONDITION OF NEGATIVE: WHEN FOUND IT WAS FOLDED; NEGATIVE WAS GENTLY FLATTEN FOR SCANNING. IT ALSO HAS TWO TINY CENTER TEARS, SEE PHOTO.
PHOTOS ARE IN VERY GOOD TO GOOD CONDITION. ALL FIRST GENERATION SILVER PRINTS FROM 1945.
CAMERA IS IN GOOD CONDITION AND PART OF THE ORIGINAL FIND.
CONDITION OF SALE:ITEM CURRENTLY IN A BANK SAFETY DEPOSIT VAULT. THE WINNING BUYER MUST PAY WITHIN 24 HOURS OR IT WILL BE OFFERED TO THE SECOND HIGHEST BIDDER. WINNING BUYER MUST PICK UP ITEM IN PERSON. WINNING BUYER WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS. BUYER MUST HAVE PHOTO ID ON PICK UP.NO RETURN AFTER PICK UP IS MADE.
Update! Photo is noted on Wikipedia. Several photo website have articles on these items. Earth Rare find did a YouTube documentary video of the items.
(1) Atom Bombs: The Top Secret Inside Story of Little Boy and Fat Man by John Coster-Mullen: (Page 336) History of Project A by Norman F. Ramsey 1945 Unclassified Manhattan Project Report
3rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron (3 PRS) and its Mariana Islands’ History
(3)The B-29 Superfortress Chronology, 1934-1960: Page 207
1945 Aug 6th: 42-93870, 311PW/1PRS, Valiant Lady, F-13A flies post strike photo mission to Hiroshima,