Six Schools in Hiroshima, 1945

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Unidentified Photographer, United States Government, [Interior damage to steel frame of Honkawa Grammar School Auditorium, Hiroshima], November 8, 1945 (2006.1.629)
Ground Zero 1,100

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Unidentified Photographer, United States Government, [Blast- and fire-damaged ruins of Takeya Grammar School, Hiroshima], October 28, 1945 (2006.1.600)
Ground Zero 3,800

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United States Government, The Effects of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, Volume I, May 1947 (2011.23.2)

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Unidentified Photographer, United States Government, [Blast-damaged ruins of Temma Grammar School, Hiroshima], November 11, 1945 (2006.1.605)
Ground Zero 3,800

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Unidentified Photographer, United States Government, [Remains of a school building, Hiroshima], November 17, 1945 (2006.1.178)
Ground Zero 4,900

Building, School. Shows 12 inch concrete fire wall with non-automatic steel roll shutters at opening in fire destroyed two story school building. Typed on verso.

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Unidentified Photographer, United States Government,
[Blast-damaged trusses of Sendamachi Grammar School, Hiroshima], November 4, 1945 (2006.1.609)
Ground Zero 5,700

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Unidentified Photographer, United States Government, [Interior of Sotoku Middle School, Hiroshima, showing blast-distorted steel roof trusses], October 27, 1945 (2006.1.646)
Ground Zero 7200

On August 6, 1945, the United States detonated the world’s first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, a city of over 350,000 inhabitants. These once-classified, once-almost-burned, once-discarded, and once-found-amongst-trash US government photos, taken by the United States Strategic Bombing Survey’s Physical Damage Division, provided a comprehensive overview of the effects of a nuclear bomb. It is estimated that the number of people killed exceeds 200,000.

Hiroshima: United States Strategic Bombing Survey on emuseum.

All Fansinaflashbulb Hiroshima posts here.

Essential reading: “Hiroshima Lost and Found” by Adam Harrison Levy.

Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945 from ICP on Vimeo.

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