Isn’t is amazing how a film could last so long in a camera without disintegrating 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….

Because of the size of the photos received I have reduced the sizes here on the web page. If you would like to see the larger images – please download a PDF version of this page. Click here to download (735 Kb PDF Download)

(Editor’s note! I have no details about the photos here, but just enjoy and pass on as they are so important for people to see. I was just sent these from a good friend of mine who received them in a similar way!! I really thought they should be passed on, so I have copied the text from the original email below as well….)

I just 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.


The email detail I was sent:



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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • Minelayer
    • USS Ogala (CM–4) – Sunk but later raised and repaired.

  • Seaplane Tender
    • USS Curtiss (AV–4) – Severely damaged but later repaired.

  • Repair Ship
    • USS Vestal (AR–4) – Severely damaged but later repaired.

  • Harbor Tug
    • USS Sotoyomo (YT–9) – Sunk but later raised and repaired.

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

Share this with your Loved ones of ALL ages….Elderly will remember, Young will be Awed.




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