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Photos Stored In Camera For 68 Years – Pearl Harbour Bombing

Friday, December 3, 2010 18:51
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Isn’t it amazing how a film could last so long in a camera without disintegrating?   

Fantastic photos taken 68 years ago. Some of you will have to go to a museum to see what a Brownie camera looked like?
Here is a simple picture of what we are talking about. . .

These photos are absolutely incredible… Read text below the first picture and then at the end.



Thought you might find these photos very interesting; what quality from 1941. 
Pearl Harbor photos found in an old Brownie stored in a foot locker. And just recently 
taken to be developed. 
December 7th, 1941 


Pearl Harbor 
On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor , Hawaii By planning this attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in port. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island , where it had just delivered some aircraft. The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the   United States )

In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of   Oahu , he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which struck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields in Hickam,   Kaneohe and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets.

At 0753 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2 ‘Kate’ torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 ‘Val’ dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the attack. 
When it was over, the   U.S. Losses were:

US Army: 218 KIA, 364 WIA. 
US Navy: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA. 
US MarineCorp: 109 KIA, 69 WIA. 
Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA. 
TOTAL: 2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA. 
USS Arizona (BB-39) – total loss when a bomb hit her magazine. 
USS Oklahoma (BB-37) – Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor. 
USS California (BB-4 4) – Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired. 
USS West Virginia (BB-48) – Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired. 
USS Nevada – (BB-36) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired. 
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) – Light damage. 
USS Maryland (BB-46) – Light damage. 
USS Tennessee (BB-43) Light damage. 
USS Utah (AG-16) – (former battleship used as a target) – Sunk.
USS New Orleans (CA-32) – Light Damage.. 
USS San Francisco (CA-38) – Light Damage. 
USS Detroit (CL-8) – Light Damage. 
USS Raleigh (CL-7) – Heavily damaged but repaired. 
USS Helena (CL-50) – Light Damage. 
USS Honolulu (CL-48) – Light Damage.. 
USS Downes (DD-375) – Destroyed. Parts salvaged. 
USS Cassin – (DD -3 7 2) Destroyed. Parts salvaged. 
USS Shaw (DD-373) – Very heavy damage. 
USS Helm (DD-388) – Light Damage. 
USS Ogala (CM-4) – Sunk but later raised and repaired. 
Seaplane Tender 
USS Curtiss (AV-4) – Severely damaged but later repaired. 
Repair Ship 
USS Vestal (AR-4) – Severely damaged but later repaired. 
Harbor Tug 
USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) – Sunk but later raised and repaired. 
188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92   U.S. Army Air Corps.) 
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  • Automaton

    Wow, very good quality. Nice find.

  • Anonymous

    this has been around the internet way too long. It’s a hoax..sorry.

    These photographs are genuine and do show the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. However, they were not found stored in a Kodak Box brownie camera nor were they taken by a sailor on the USS QUAPAW. In fact, the images are US Naval archive photographs taken by different people at various locations around Pearl Harbour at the time of the attack. The photographs form part of the historical image collection available on the Naval Historical Center website.

  • True News

    Still cool photos!

  • Anonymous

    This is what happens when anyone can post “news.” Maybe the site should be called

  • Anonymous

    4 year old internet hoax. Lame.

  • MsPseudolus

    40,000 people seemed to find this interesting, hoax or no hoax. And I think the idea was to post these during the anniversary period, not so much as to say that it’s some kind of breaking story. That’s perfectly legitimate.

  • Anonymous

    Nice photos, but the pretense of the article is clearly dishonest. Not that the Pearl Harbor attack was a hoax, but that the pictures were found in a ‘foot locker’, ‘stored’ in a camera that clearly is not capable of the types of photos shown. Anybody with some experience as a photographer and who actually understands the concept of reality knows this instantly looking at the material.

    Why do people have to make up som just-so story to present what is otherwise legitimate information? I guess to appeal to gullible old people who are amazed at what amazing things there are on the amazing internet. The 40,000 people (which is a miracle!) that found this interesting just prove that there are plenty of easily amazed people out there. I bet that there is one born every minute, in fact.

    God must have really loved this brownie-toting photographer to give him such a wide selection of interchangeable lenses for that camera. There is telephoto, wide angle, and normal focal length. I used to own a brownie and don’t remember that option. And, for a brownie-toting photographer to have visited such diverse locations around the attack site during the hour or so of the attack, probably driving his car(?). Hope he didn’t run into much emergency traffic. Truly amazingly amazing.

    Now, that would make an even better story: “God’s Miracle: Brownie Photographer gets a variety of interchangeable lenses for his camera!”

  • DallasGoldBug

    The shadows are not consistent on 3 of them. Fake.

  • Anonymous

    The website Snopes sez it’s inaccurate….nuff said….

  • Anonymous

    @Anonymous: Snopes sez exactly what the posters above contend. The photos are accurate depictions of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It’s just that they all were not taken by a single photographer…with a Kodak Brownie camera.

  • BIN Admin

    Everybody knows Snopes is controlled by George Soros and his elite liberal cronies, who actively deny that the attack on Pearl Harbour ever happened!

  • Anonymous

    There arn’t 13 shots on a Brownie. 8.

  • Apollyion73

    Does anyone know why there is a clock in the bottom right corner on the fifth picture saying 12:24? And is so what does it mean?

  • Anonymous

    Or is it a warning that on 12:20 Dec 7th 2010 Something like this will happen some place in America?

  • Anonymous

    I took the Pearl Harbor tourist cruise and the tour director said that by luck two aircraft carriers were moved out during the night before and their positions replaced by flat top target practice ships that looked like carriers from the air.

    I am sure it was pure luck and had nothing to do with the fact that we had broken the Japanese secrete code and been informed of the impending attack way in advance.

  • Anonymous

    Also, many people here have obviously never been or worked with or near a Professional Photographer or Darkroom if they don’t know how an Enlarger works or how to split images and move an Ease a few inches to the Right , Left, up or Down…incredible quality Film!

  • Anonymous

    It is 7:25 am here in Hawaii right now, The sun is about two widths of your hand above the water. I can see for miles in every direction. It is clear and there is no wind. 68 years ago the Japanese planes were about to fly over where my house is now. Then over the Ko’olau range and down into battleship row. It is hard to imagine how such a beautiful place like this could have bees so traumatized, There are barking dogs and birds singing the air is still. RIP all you departed warriors.

  • Anonymous

    I am sure the images were taken by large format cameras 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 and 4 x 5
    using sheet film. Good focus, good tones, good sharpness and good depth of field.
    I would bet the Brownie had a soft two piece lens and was not tripod mounted.

  • Anonymous

    i had no words for it..

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure about the rest of them but that second to last one is definitely fake. There’s three different artefact resolutions in the image.

  • BIN Admin

    None of the images are fake. The hoax part is that they weren’t taken using a brownie, weren’t found in a foot locker after sitting there for decades, and have been available as part of the Naval photo archive for many years.

  • Anonymous

    A Brownie box camera was my first camera and I was excited about it. I recently came across some photos taken with that camera (which I had for many years) and was astounded at the quality, sharpness, and depth of field achieved with its single lens.

    I still remember the huge headlines “JAPANESE ATTACK PEARL HARBOR”. As a child of ten, I had only a vague idea of where Hawaii was, much less Pearl Harbor. Much more than the war, I remember gas rationing, paper drives, white “oleomargarine” with a dot of red coloring in it that you had to mix to get yellow spread, and that I could get into the Saturday matinee free for ten coat hangers. A child’s view of the world doesn’t extend much beyond the end of her/his nose.

  • DowntownPrintwear

    We’ve heard so many stories, but the images make it more difficult to believe. We paid tribute today on our company blog ( and didn’t even realize that some of the images we referenced were new.

    Always curious though, who holds on to these things for this long? This being a bit of an exception, but what about the people that intentionally release albums 10 years later, etc. Should we start saving content now for publishing 10 years after we pass?

  • Peter

    My girlfriends Grandfather was at Pearl Harbor when it was under attack. He died a couple of years ago. And had a lot of amazing stories to tell. I can’t imging tell terror of it all.

  • Milton Babb

    That little camera wasw all around the bay. Security was lax. I do not believe that brounie was militart issue. It is not easy to move around the bay.

  • terry the censor

    @Bill Clark
    > Everybody knows Snopes is controlled by George Soros

    Bill, talk out the top end of your body, please.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been a student of WWII since I was a kid growing up in the 50′s and 60′s. Most of these photos are very familiar to me as I’ve seen them before……..decades before.

  • Anonymous

    America under attack by wikileaks terrorists , just like what happenned in Pearl Harbour…..too funny!

  • Anonymous

    Oh and 14 pictures? I always thought these “soapboxes” had a maximum of twelve pictures? I guess it is a miracle – apart from the fact that the film did not deteriorate – that development proofed to be so successful. Maybe it is the photographic version of a crying Madonna?

  • Anonymous

    Excellent,the wars are not good but there was technology improvemnts

  • Max

    Great photographs – must bring back some very vivid memories for some people. Need to provide references for your story though. Are these types of photographs generally available to the public?

  • tinteardrop

    I’m sure they’re fine as far as authentic goes and they’re stunning….but they’ve been out for at least several years. I have copies I saved in a folder dated 2006.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know what Greg Ericson try to achieve with this lie, any good or even bad photographer can see that this is BS.

  • Anonymous

    So who Did take these photos, anyway? There were that many professional photogs on the island with cameras ready for one hour, at the most? What sort of professional cameras did they have back then? Finding who really did take them and the events they lived through, would make an interesting story.

  • DeputyDoug

    Regardless of the origin of the photos, this if for real…my mom and dad had a front row view of the attack. They lived on the nearest foothills looking down on Pearl Harbor. Typical civilians that they were, they intially thought that the Navy was having “War games,” that is until a low flying Japanese plane flew past and the pilot looked at them. My dad said,
    “When I saw the big red meatball (on the side of the plane), I knew we were at war.” My dad also said that all of the planes he saw were white in color, not green like in the Hollywood movies. Also, my parents said that everyone on the island was talking about the Japanese probably going to attack the United States. Where that would happen, nobody had any idea, but they assumed that an attack would come. For Roosevelt to say that the attack was a complete surprise is nothing more than a lie, but the wirtten history re-makers keep trying.

  • Anonymous

    Photo number 7 is from Life Magazine. It is also true that the quality is much better than possible from a Brownie. My guess would be the press photographer’s war horse, a Speed Graphic, with its 4X5 cut film holders.

  • Fred

    A brand new technology, radar, was employed to pick-up incomming planes.
    The radar did its’ job and so did the operators.

    The airfield could have been notified in time to meet and duke it out with the oncomming Japanese planes.

    Word was sent to Washington and was ingored…..or was it confirmed?

  • yes2truth

    What Holocaust?

  • Fred

    The truth is that there was a horrible holocost. The thruth is also that Hitler was born by unto a Jewish Mother who was a maid at the Rothchild mansion. That makes him a Jew. Even the Rothchilds (Jewish) sent their son to a concentration camp because he was out of line. Grandfather Bush was caught sending money to the Nazi War Machine thru his Bank on Wall street…Harriman brothers and was labeled a traiter. He moved his Bank two blocks away and resumed business. The Rothchilds and other Illuminaties killed their own because they are not human. Oh c’mon, do your research and stop being so narrow minded thinking that evil has boundries.

  • yes2truth

    Fred, the only horrible holocausts that took place happened in Russia and the Ukraine between 1917 and 1932.

    The so called WW2 Jewish Holocaust of 6 million deaths never happened unless you’ve got any real evidence to contrary.

    All the major post war writers and historians including Churchill never mention a holocaust.

  • Fred

    Speak to the survivors thatare still living that survived the Holocast.
    Speak with the WWII soldier that liberated the death camps.

    Visit the death camps.

    See the Holocast Museam in Washington D.C.

    Talk to Jewish People that lost their relatives in the death Camps.

    See Documentaries on the Death Camps.

    That should do it for you if you take the time to check out the facts.

    I’m sorry that you don’t believe because that is was is in mind for us thru the unknow, unused FEMA camps all over the country.

    Check it out and have the courage to have an open mind.

  • yes2truth

    They weren’t death camps – they were labour camps – all the post war film footage was Eisenhower propaganda on behalf of the Rothschilds.

    The emaciated corpses were due to starvation.

    From The Holocaust Hoax:

    The Missing Holocaust.

    “I’ve checked out Churchill’s “Second World War” and the statement is quite correct” not a single mention of Nazi ‘gas chambers,’ a ‘genocide’ of the Jews, or of ‘six million’ Jewish victims of the war.

    This is astonishing. How can it be explained?

    Eisenhower’s Crusade in Europe is a book of 559 pages; the six
    volumes of Churchill’s Second World War total 4,448 pages; and
    de Gaulle’s three-volume Mémoires de guerre is 2,054 pages.

    In this mass of writing, which altogether totals 7,061 pages (not including the introductory parts), published from 1948 to 1959, one will find no mention either of Nazi ‘gas chambers,’ a ‘genocide’ of the Jews, or of ‘six million’ Jewish victims of the war.”

    May I suggest that my mind is more open than yours Fred.

  • Milton Babb

    Much of the internet is pure bull….t but you have to sift the truth until the whole is fully represented by the parts.
    One Fact you must face is that “Western Civilization” is in fact Hebrew civilization, nearly everything you see around you is a direct or indirect result of Hebrew powerful influences, true we would “enjoy” the modern conveniences or suffer the contrived wars (recorded in their ancient documents and obscured when the knowledge was too telling). Recent and past atrocities of annihilation are a repeating phenomenon with so much damage ( Burned Libraries) and death (lost living memory) that the past is not always clear. When a nation (people) is destroyed this allows the land to be invaded and resettled and money is lent at interest. Two hundred and fifty years and it is ready to be rolled over again. The real Jews are few in number in the world today because so many were like you, not willing to go along with the horror and they were killed off (Hebrew records of 750 BCE). At one point in time so few Jews were left the process was slowed, so the Levites commandeered entire populations and forced them to convert to Judaism (750 CE) Kazars, Turks, force was necessary after the Romans began to forbid the conversion of Romans to Judaism (too late). For the U. S. A. we nay be too late, our GOV. has been hijacked by People calling themselves “Jews”, I refer to the Bastards known as Rothschilds and their “Federal Reserve Bank.”

    God Damn them all, if I were president I would personally lead the military forces of the U. S. A. to kill every evil bastard one of them.
    386-698-1879, signed, Milton Babb, that’s Babb as in Babblon, Babylon

  • yes2truth

    “Much of the internet is pure bull….t but you have to sift the truth until the whole is fully represented by the parts.”

    Agreed, but what you have to realise is that the Anglo-Saxons are The Hebrews or Israel or the Ten Tribes, regarded by some as lost but that is a Spiritual lostness not a geographical lostness. The Scottish/Irish/Welsh Gaelic tongue(s) are Hebrew in origin.

    Britain, her Commonwealth and The USA are Israel along with the North Western nations of Europe. The Jews are predominantly Canaanites, not Israelites. The History of it is all in Genesis 38 or how the Royal Jews and Canaanite Jews came into being.

    The Jews are a minority in Israel once you understand who The Israelites are.

  • Milton Babb

    Europeans, Anglos, Saxons, Scotts, all the peoples you named are what’s left after invasion and murder numerous times (over a thousand years). The Hebrews aligned themselves with their blood brothers the Eastern Barbarians Genghis Kahn, Tamer the Lame, Atilla, all the tribes of the steppes and Mongolian plains were incited by the Hebrews to invade and murder the original “Europeans” and Chinese. All the original bloodlines of the “Europeans” are derived from the women as all the men were murdered to eliminate competition for sexual primacy. “Europe” means “eyes wide open”, in Genesis 3, Satan speaks. Western Europe and the British Isles and “Scandinavia” ( New Pulse) were invaded with extreme violence more than once, tribe of Dan from Greece.
    That area of France now known as “Normandy” was invaded by Hebrews with the result that every man, woman and child’s throat cut, slaughtered like sheep in order to possess the land.

    All the past insane behavior by the Hebrews or what ever we may call them are responsible for the extreme circumstances we see the world in today.
    Milton Babb

  • Milton Babb

    Milton Babb
    Real human beings would not be quite so aggressive or murderous.
    In fact real humans are kind and considerate towards others and just want to be sociable and sing and dance celebrate life.
    Greed is the single greatest contribution the “Hebrews” have made to the human race second only endless war. The human race so destabilized it cannot contain its conscious need to control it’s own population as it is in constant turmoil and struggling to survive the next onslaught by the “Hebrews.”
    Though history is intentionally obscured by the criminal elements, it is still possible for a cognizant individual to cypher the facts out of the mess left. For example the clay tablets found 70 years ago, left by the ancient People of Ur, is in a museum in England guarded by a “Hebrew”, only those scholars unlikely to report unfavorably on the Hebrews, are allowed to examine the artifacts.
    The library at Alexandria was burned because the control of the knowledge base was slipping from the “Hebrews” in Rome.

  • terry the censor

    > All the major post war writers and historians including Churchill never mention a holocaust.

    As I’ve stated demonstrated several times, yes2hate and Jew haters in general misrepresent their own *ahem* “facts.”

    Churchill made several public statements about atrocities against Jews — during the war!

    Eisenhower: “The visual evidence and the verbal testimony of starvation, cruelty and bestiality were so overpowering as to leave me a bit sick. In one room, where there were piled up twenty or thirty naked men, killed by starvation, George Patton would not even enter. He said that he would get sick if he did so. I made the visit [to Gotha] deliberately, in order to be in a position to give first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to ‘propaganda.’”

    Ah, see that last sentence, yes2hate? General Eisenhower could see you coming!

    > the Anglo-Saxons are The Hebrews


    The moral: when “researching” the holocaust, don’t copy and paste from hate sites, fuckhead.

  • yes2truth

    Researching? You don’t know the meaning of the word Mr Lemming.

    As for Eisenhower, looks like he knew there were people who didn’t trust him – Montgomery included, and then he became a politician, proving that those who didn’t trust him, had every right not to trust him. QED

    The only evidence you have provided is that there were many corpses displaying signs of acute malnutrition due to starvation. Anything else i.e. gas chamber exterminations can only be emotional add ons or things we were told and then wanted to believe.

    Oops, ever so sorry to offend Mr Lemming, for he trusts politicians and what they say, chuckle chuckle chuckle.

    There are none so deaf and blind and those who do not want to hear nor want to see.

    Fuckhead? What was it you were saying about adhom attacks?

    How can something that never happened be researched, that would be like looking for a needle in a haystack when there was no needle. DOH

    I will resist the temptation to call you any one of a number of appropriate names. Perhaps someone else here will oblige.

  • terry the censor

    > The only evidence you have provided is that there were many corpses…he trusts politicians and what they say, chuckle chuckle chuckle, etc.

    Let’s remember what I’m replying to: your claim that the holocaust didn’t happen because Churchill, Eisenhower and De Gaulle don’t mention it in their memoirs. I found that Churchill and Eisenhower were aware of it, especially Churchill, who spoke of it freely.

    I am not here to argue every point of the holocaust — historians have done ample work on that, you can argue with them. I am here to point out your lies and distortions. Quite plainly, your “research” left out information that disconfirmed your conclusion.

    Your counter-response: the survivors made it up, don’t believe everything politicians say, I just don’t want to see the truth, etc.

    That’s quite hypocritical since I have shown here and on other posts that YOU are making things up, that what YOU say is not to be believed, and that YOU don’t want to see the truth.

    As I have demonstrated several times now, your factual statements are false.

    > Fuckhead? What was it you were saying about adhom attacks?

    Fuckhead is not an ad hominem attack in this case, it is descriptive. As I have shown repeatedly, the part of your body typically used for thinking is fucked up.

    For those who agree yes2hate is a fuckhead indeed, further schooling by me is documented here:,_Have_You_No_Shame.html

  • yes2truth

    I’m not arguing, you are! The Truth cannot be argued against it can only be denied by those who want to believe, without any foundation, something else i.e. an illusion.

    I stated FIRST that the Holocaust never happened and I also stated that Roosevelt and Churchill knew about Pearl Harbour long before it happened. You came on here to argue, not me.

    You are the brainwashed moron who comes on here wanting to censor things and parrot BS because you haven’t the courage to face The Truth or maybe you work for them. You seem thick and stupid enough to do so.

    Now get back to your Orwellian plasma/l.e.d. fed mainstream media pig’s trough where you belong. And make sure you clean up when you you’ve finished slurping. LOL

  • Milton Babb

    At certain revolutions all the damned are brought and feel by turns the bitter change of fierce extremes. John Milton, Paradise Lost

  • Joshua

    At that time we were the worlds largest Navy and Air Force it would be very hard not to see a swarm of plans heading in one direction..

  • Anonymous

    Alas! That was really a vast destruction that nobody can forget. Why people used to do “War”. Was that required????

  • Anonymous

    There were NO surprises about this attack.

    The US knew in advance and let it happen. Yet another US false flag operation as a pretext to war.

    History continues to repeat itself over and over.

  • Anonymous

    Some recent well-documented publications show Pearl Harbour was a false flag. Sheeple minds aren’t free enough to understand.

  • Anonymous

    Some of these photos have been around since 1942, the exact same photos. Something here is not as advertised. Maybe somebody took photos of the originals when they were first published, but these were not taken during the attack.

  • Anonymous

    Not all of these photos were taken by the same camera. Some negatives are numbered as though taken by a press camera and Brownies don’t include clocks.

  • Anonymous

    While the photos are certainly of Pearl Harbor on that fateful Sunday morning they were not taken by a sailor form the USS Quapaw. The keel for that vessel wasn’t laid until 28 December 1942 therefore it is impossible that the Quapaw was at Pearl Harbor that day.

    While the sailor who took the photos may have LATER been assigned to the Quapaw the text as it reads is historically false. I have this wild expectation that website authors/operators have an obligation to check their facts before posting. Each web author or operator who fails to do this is contributing to the vast field of ignorance and false “facts” and, believe me, that field needs no help to grow.

  • Anonymous
  • Dan

    See’um up close and personal in the book: Day of Infamy circa; 1960

  • Anonymous


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