Original transmission photo of Joe Rosenthals' "Raising of the flag at Iwo Jima," AP transmission date, Guam to San Francisco, February 24th, 1945 10.75 x 13.5in (27.3 x 34.2cm)

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Lot 70
Original transmission photo of Joe Rosenthals' "Raising of the flag at Iwo Jima,"
AP transmission date, Guam to San Francisco, February 24th, 1945
10.75 x 13.5in (27.3 x 34.2cm)

US$ 25,000 - 35,000
£ 20,000 - 28,000
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Original transmission photo of Joe Rosenthals' "Raising of the flag at Iwo Jima,"
AP transmission date, Guam to San Francisco, February 24th, 1945
The original transmission copy sent by the Navy Guam AP to the AP desk in San Francisco, with AP text down one side "Marines Hoist Flag Atop Suribachi— United States Marines of the 28th Regiment, fifth division, hoist American Flag atop Suribachi, Iwo Jima volcano, after battling Japs to top the crater." Inscribed (later) by Rosenthal at upper right: "To Rich, who got this first. Joe Rosenthal A.P." Mounted in a case.

This is the first print of this iconic photograph, sent through the Associated Press wire service from Guam and received in San Francisco the day after the shot had been taken. The full caption on the image reads"(FX9-Feb 24) United States Marines of 28th Regiment, Fifth Division, hoist American Flag atop Suribachi, Iwo Jima volcano, after battling Japs to top of crater. Photo by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal on assignment with Wartime Still Pool radioed by Navy from Guam to San Francisco today. (AP Wirephoto) (NRW71315jjr/pl) 1945." The image of the "Raising of the Flag at Iwo Jima" has become one of the most iconic of World War II. Used by De Weldon, the sculptor, to build his two Marine monuments in Washington, and others around the World, captured on stamps and the subject of numerous models and commemorative works, even as a large size light-weight model toured with the 7th Loan drive in May to June 1945 all around the States. This almost accidental photograph was taken by a photographer who arrived too late for the first flag raising, but who realized that they were replacing the first flag with a larger version, and who literally spun around and took the shot. That shot became front page news in every newspaper of the country, and more importantly, inspired hope in the people of America, that victory in the war of the Pacific would come soon. The receiver of this photograph ("Rich") is assumed to be an employee at AP San Francisco, who remembered to take the copy home at the end of the day.
10.75 x 13.5in (27.3 x 34.2cm)

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  • Please note that the photograph has the code "FX9" which indicated that this was the 9th image received by the AP SF Bureau on that day.
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