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Hiroshima - Hiroshima photograph

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  • Title (object)

    • Hiroshima - Hiroshima photograph
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First and only edition.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1949
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    An exceedingly rare item published in Hiroshima at a time when all public discussion of the Atomic bombing was banned by US Headquarters. The booklet includes photographs by Sasaki Yuichiro, Yamamoto Yoshie, and Matsushige Yoshito. It is unclear whether the publishers had obtained special permission to print this item or whether it consciously went against the ban. There is a short introduction by the Mayor of Hiroshima, Hamai Shingo which suggests some kind of official support. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


  • Exhibition history


    2008 Feb 18-2008 Jun 1, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
    2011 Jun-2011 Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    13 February 2008

    Treatment proposal

    Remove the preassure sensitive tape from the inside of the back page; repair the tear with Japanese paper and wheat starch paste.


    Generally in fair condition; a tear at the bottom edge of the back cover was previously repaired with pressure sensitive tape from the inside.

    Treatment details

    The pressure sensitive tape was removed from the back cover; the tear was repaired with Japanese paper and wheat starch.

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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.148 (Photobook number)

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