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#1 raymondsinger

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 04:10 AM

A friend has asked me if I happened to know where this photo was first published. It is that well-known sword of an individual holding a massive sword in shirasaya, standing in front of a large pile of swords. If anyone has details on this photo, including in which reference it first appeared, please let me know.

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#2 Prewar70

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 04:56 AM

That is hard to look at.

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 05:35 AM

Now thats a photo to start your head spinning, looks very familiar but can't place it.  Grey Doffin seems a likely consult, just imagine the amount of printed material he has handled.


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:37 AM

Think it was FG small first ed.

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 07:07 AM

I remember seening  that " here and there " on the 'net....   :)

One artical said that gentleman did not take any swords home.

 

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I remember seeing it at Fred's place.. 

 

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 08:32 AM

Afaik, F&G was the first place it was published like Stephen said.
But could easily be wrong. Never heard much more info than that, although I think the gent's name was given...and yes, he didn't take any home.


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#7 raymondsinger

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:34 AM

That you all for the feedback.

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:38 AM

James wait till you see the one with that many on a barge going out to sea...yes dumped.

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#9 Pete Klein

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 01:10 PM

Sorry but what is F & G?


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 01:21 PM

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 02:36 PM

https://www.amazon.c...s/dp/1574270621


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#12 Stephen

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 02:49 PM

but from this book ...not sure second book has that pic

 

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#13 raymondsinger

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 03:51 PM

Alton, if you happen to have a link to that article it would be greatly appreciated.

 

Best regards,

Ray

 

 

I remember seening  that " here and there " on the 'net....   :)

One artical said that gentleman did not take any swords home.

 

Alton 

Added..

I remember seeing it at Fred's place.. 

 

https://www.japanese...m/pages/new.htm


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#14 vajo

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:23 PM

That soldier on the photo looks not very tall for me. Look at the Type3 tsuka on the floor  :)

Maybe it is a 80 cm blade an he hold it a little far from the body it looks giant. Like the fishes which are catched and photographed?


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#15 Robert Mormile

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 10:03 PM

Ray,

 

This photo was actually one of a small group of photos that was discovered by a New York collector hunting for swords in Baltimore.  The vet was from the Baltimore, MD area.  The NY collector shared a copy with the Boston collector (and old friend of mine) Rad Smith who provided a copy to National Geographic back in the 1990s.  The first public showing of the photo was in that National Geographic issue.  I have a copy of the issue but am away from it right now.  If the owner ever agrees to sell me the original military photos, I will let you know...

 

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#16 Robert Mormile

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 10:57 PM

Got it now.  

 

March, 1992 

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:01 PM

https://nationalgeog...march-1992.html


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#18 raymondsinger

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:23 PM

Can't thank you enough Robert. And much appreciate the link Stephen.

 

Kind regards,

Ray

 

Ray,

 

This photo was actually one of a small group of photos that was discovered by a New York collector hunting for swords in Baltimore.  The vet was from the Baltimore, MD area.  The NY collector shared a copy with the Boston collector (and old friend of mine) Rad Smith who provided a copy to National Geographic back in the 1990s.  The first public showing of the photo was in that National Geographic issue.  I have a copy of the issue but am away from it right now.  If the owner ever agrees to sell me the original military photos, I will let you know...

 

With Regards,

Robert 


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:48 AM

James wait till you see the one with that many on a barge going out to sea...yes dumped.

 

Hi

Many years ago I worked in our public health system at a local hospital. 

one of the guys I worked with was an older English gentleman who had been part of the English occupation forces after the war

had finished on mainland Japan.

He had many tails to tell some not so nice.

Anyway he told me of been part of a team who had towed barges out to the middle of a lake and scuttled them. they where load with arms of all types ,

but he remembered a lot of swords amongst them .

 

He had three bring backs but alas I never got to see them and he has now since passed on and the items have disappeared.

 

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 10:04 AM

I first saw it in a "National Geographic" when i was a kid.. Prob not the first time it was ever published but it was certainly akin to the moment i figured out the reason i liked girls when first I caught a glimpse at a playboy centerfold. Remember the pregressive... "ooooohhHHH.. yea.. that...Ok...now it makes sense  " realization?  lol


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 10:06 AM

He had many tails 

 

Pray that Jean never sees this ...


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 10:46 AM

No Guido, I strongly refuse to indulge in porn stories. This thread should be flagged with a mention « for adult eyes only »

BTW, beware of false friends in foreign idioma. For example, in Spanish, a « pollo » is a « chicken », if you want to talk about a hen, never say « a polla » because it means a dick.

This is not as you may notice a porn remark but a linguistic lecture. ROFLMAO
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 02:43 PM

Walter Compton was involved with this, he had some facinating stories.

 

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