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From the Great Depression to World War II - photos from the American Memory collection

The American Memory collection contains more than 162,000 images taken between 1935 and 1944 by government-hired photographers. If you were to look at 100 of them per day, every day, you'd need more than four years to view them all. As a photographer, I consider these images nothing short of wondrous. This blog showcases some of them.

January 15, 2009

Pearl Harbor

The caption accompanying this photo reads:

"Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A small boat rescues a seaman from the 31,800 ton USS West Virginia burning in the foreground. Smoke rolling out amidship shows where the most extensive damage occurred. Note the two men in the superstructure. The USS Tennessee is inboard."

On the morning of Sunday, Dec 7th, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack against the United States - killing 2,400 and wounding a further 1,300.

188 American aircraft were destroyed, as were four battleships.

[photographer unidentified]

[American Memory link]

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