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1939 - 1945

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Television broadcast from Tokyo in 1935.

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Prior to radar, large sound amplifiers were used to detect enemy aircraft. These were used for only a few years. 1932

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Beach outside of Tokyo believed to be at Kamakura in 1934.

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Ginza at night in 1937 with extensive electric lighting.

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Graph Zeppelin over Tokyo.

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Patriotic Japanese war poster for a movie.

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Japanese western style painting of the British surrendering.

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Poster for the 1940 Tokyo Olympics.

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Color photograph of a crashed Japanese Zero fighter plane

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Young Japanese school girls were evacuated from the cities to the countryside after US bombing of cities started. Early 1945.

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A reconstructed flying fortress, that had been shot down over Tokyo in early 1945.

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Asakusa district of Tokyo still burning two days after the massive fire bombing strike of March 9, 1945.

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Ota suicide plane. This design proved to be a failure in that none of the squadran reached their target. 1945.

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One of the few ground photographs of the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima bombing on August 8, 1945, just a few minutes after the atomic bomb went off. Estimated to be 4 miles from the center.

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U.S. heavy bombers flying over Tokyo in mid 1945, as seen from the ground at the cross roads of the Ginza district.

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Tokyo Rose under arrest, as seen from the Japanese perspective.

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Outdoor market in Tokyo (Shinzuki) in September 1945.

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Comfort women learning of the surrender of Japan August, 1945.

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Ground level color photographs of Tokyo September 1945.

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  These photographs and images are from the Didik collection or are from various national archives and are believed to be in the public domain, as defined under the Berne Convention and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce Copyright office, and/or Japanese Law No. 48 of May 6, 1970, as amended by Laws No. 49 of May 18, 1978, No. 45 of May 19, 1981, No. 78 of December 2, 1983, No. 23 of May 1, 1984, No. 46 of May 25, 1984, No. 62 of June 14, 1985, No. 64 of May 23, 1986, No. 65 of May 23, 1986, No. 87 of November 1, 1988, No. 43 of June 28, 1989, No. 63 of May 2, 1991, No. 106 of December 16, 1992, No. 89 of November 12, 1993, No. 112 of December 14, 1994, and No. 91 of May 12, 1995, Chapter 1, Article 55, unless otherwise noted. Sales of photographs considered to be in the public domain are structured as a research fee with the understanding that the research fee buyer will hold to the contractual provisions as listed under Terms and General Publication Prices. A considerable amount of time, effort and money has been spent locating, purchasing, restoring and cataloging these images and as such, the complication as a total is protected under the provisions of the copyright law and can not be copied in total. On this website, please enjoy viewing the fascinating photographs and images of Japan in the past. To obtain a full sized photograph(s) for publication in a magazine, book, newspaper or simply for your personal collection, we will be happy to provide you with the best possible copy of the photograph that we have on file based on our fee schedule listed under Terms and General Publication Prices. Thank you for you for your interest and your understanding. Please note that we are in the process of vastly expanding this photographic section and we expect to have over 75,000 images of all areas of Japan prior to 1939 available on line by the end of the year. Please contact us if we can be of assistance to you. If there is a particular historic area that you wish to have photographs from, we will be happy to research our collection as well as the various private and national collections to assist you in obtaining any image.

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