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H-Japan May 12, 2008 Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 07:12:01 -0400 From: "Amanda Stinchecum" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Comments I received from Bo Jacobs, of the Hiroshima Peace Museum, and Sean Malloy, follow. Mr. Jacobs' colleagues seem to agree with David Palmer's analysis. From: Sean Malloy [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Friday, May 09, 2008 11:28 AM The archival collection in which the photographs are held at the Hoover Institution at Stanford identifies them as being from Hiroshima, a designation supported by the taped oral history left by Mr. Capp that accompanied the photographs. I'd recommend anybody with questions start with that publicly available collection. Now that the photos have seen the light of day I'm sure they'll be very closely scrutinized and I'll certainly be keeping tabs on new information that might shed light on their origins. ______________________________________________________________ From: Sean Malloy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Friday, May 09, 2008 1:40 PM As a quick follow up, here is the full archival citation for the Capp collection (from the Stanford catalog). Please feel free to pass this along to anybody who wishes to dig further into the photos. Collection title: Capp, Robert L. Title: Robert L. Capp papers, 1943-1998. Physical Description: 1 ms. box. Summary: Sound recording of interview, photographs, and miscellany, relating to the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. Includes photographs of devastation and of bodies of victims after the bombing. Notes: Technician 4, United States Army; member, occupation forces, Japan, 1945. Subject (LC): United States Army. Subject (LC): Atomic bomb. Subject (LC): World War, 1939-1945--Japan. Genre: Phonotapes.Repository address: CSt-H Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, HOOVER INSTITUTION ARCHIVES ______________________________________________________________ From: Bo Jacobs Sent: Friday, May 09, 2008 9:09 PM So far, I believe that the photo curator at the Peace Museum thinks that two of the photos are from the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. I have not heard anything at all here about the discovery of the photos. Most people here first became aware of the photos from the press reports. I myself am an American historian of nuclear culture, so I took them as labeled and forwarded the link to a few friends here who specialize in the Hiroshima aspect of the history of the bombing and my comments are based on their replies. ________________________________________________________________ From: Bo Jacobs [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Friday, May 09, 2008 10:10 PM Below is the main body of the email from a colleague of mine here at HPI. He forwarded the link to members of the local journalism community and also to curators at the Peace Museum, and his comments are based on their initial assessments. Therefore, they are very much speculative and taken from their initial response. According to a response by a Chugoku Shimbun reporter, the possibility that they were taken in Hiroshima is quite low, based on following observations. Clothes: Most victims wore hats with round-shape peak, but caps were commonly used by civilians as well as soldiers at that time. Most victims' pants were half-pants, which also were not common. Women wore monpe - traditional loose pants, semi-long pants. Soldiers wore long pants. Only elementary school boys wore short pants during the war. There is less rubble than the actual scenes in Hiroshima where buildings and houses were densely built. There is a pond or lake in some photos, but the scene is different from that of the only pond then existing in the Shukkeien Garden, a former garden built by the lord of Hiroshima in Edo period. The building in the fifth photo resembles the school building of Honkawa Elementary School, close to the Aioi Bridge, but the building seems different from the Honkawa School building, which had three stories. Also, it seems unimaginable that so many trees survived after the bombing in the school, just 200 meters from the hypocenter. There is little or no sign of burning on the skin of most of the bodies as well as on the clothes they wear. It looks like they simply absorbed water and swelled. The clothes of living people do not look like those of the people in Hiroshima at the end of the war - a little bit old fashioned or like Chinese people in early 20th century. ======================================================================= To receive H-Japan messages just once a day, send the following message: set H-Japan digest to: firstname.lastname@example.org Each message begins with a list of the topics of each edition. =======================================================================