Bogus Email:  Photos Stored in Camera for 68 Years.

This email has been circulating on the web since since 2005 (and maybe earlier).   The email is a mix for fact and fiction.  This particular example (text and pictures below) includes most but not all of the "complete set of pictures" (other examples of this email contain more or fewer pictures).  Noticeably missing are several pictures obviously taken from the air.  The pictures are authentic, but story is not true:

  1. The idea of a “recently discovered camera” with good film still inside is not that incredible.  Undeveloped B&W film is quite stable and can last for decades.  The image of the camera is one of many Brownie cameras manufactured by Eastman Kodak between 1900 and the mid 1970s.  This particular camera appears to be a Brownie #2 which was manufactured by Kodak in slightly different versions from 1901 (#2 Model A) to ~ 1933 (#2 Model F).  It took 2.25" square pictures on 117 roll film.  The camera could easily have been at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  So far, so good.

  2. But in order for a single person to have taken all those pictures, he would have had to be in multiple places (including in the air) at virtually the same time.   Removal of those pictures taken from a plane makes the story more believable, but there are other problems.  

  3. The ship the sailor was supposed to be on, the USS Quapaw, was built after Pearl Harbor.  Its keel was laid down by United Engineering Co. in Alameda , California, on 28 December 1942; launched 15 May 1943 (15 months after Pearl Harbor ).  One could stretch a point and state that he was on that ship at some later point in his career (the email text does not explicitly state that he was assigned to the USS Quapaw when he took the pictures)

  4. Assuming that the aspect ratio of the pictures is unchanged (i.e., that they have not been cropped), they were taken with different cameras.  Some appear to be square (like the Brownie #2 would take, others are rectangular (suggesting a different camera -- probably a 35mm camera)

  5. Most of the pictures are actually US Navy archival pictures that have been available since the 1940s and have been in many articles and books.

 



 

 

Subject: Fwd: Photos stored in camera for 68 years

 

 

"We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public." - Anonymous

 

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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. 

  

PHOTOS STORED IN AN OLD BROWNIE CAMERA 

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. 

THESE PHOTOS ARE FROM A SAILOR WHO WAS ON THE USS QUAPAW ATF-11O. 

I THINK THEY'RE SPECTACULAR! 

PEARL HARBOR  

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:

 

Casualties 

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. 

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Battleships 

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. 

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Cruisers 

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.. 

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Destroyers 

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. 

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Minelayer 

USS Ogala (CM-4) - Sunk but later raised and repaired. 

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Seaplane Tender 

USS Curtiss (AV-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired. 

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Repair Ship 

USS Vestal (AR-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired. 

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Harbor Tug 

USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) - Sunk but later raised and repaired. 

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Aircraft 

188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92  U.S. Army Air Corps.) 

   

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