JOE ROSENTHAL - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: EVONNE GOOLAGONG, JOHN H. BRADLEY - HFSID 165057
Sale Price $360.00
JOE ROSENTHAL, JOHN H. BRADLEY and EVONNE GOOLAGONG. First Day Cover signed: "Joe Rosenthal" and "John H Bradley Ph M2/C" and, on verso, "Evonne/Goolagong", 6½x3¾. FDC for the 50-Star American flag, block of four 4-cent stamps affixed, postmarked Honolulu, Hawaii, July 4, 1960, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Navy Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class JOHN H. BRADLEY (1923-1994) was the only Navy man raising the flag in Rosenthal's famous photograph taken on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima; the other five were Marines. JOE ROSENTHAL (1911-2006), a veteran Associated Press combat photographer, won the Pulitzer Prize for News Photography in May 1945 for his world-famous photograph depicting five U.S. Marines from the Second Battalion, 28th Regiment, Fifth Division and a Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi, the highest southern point on the island of Iwo Jima. There was considerable controversy as well as acclaim over this photograph, which was taken on February 23, 1945 and was later used as the model for a U.S. stamp, a war bond campaign and for the U.S. Marine War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. The "Stars and Stripes" had originally been raised on the summit at 10:37 a.m. It was then decided that a larger flag should replace the first, which is the flag raising that Rosenthal captures in his photograph. Contrary to criticism from some circles, Rosenthal had not staged this shot - he had simply captured the raising of the second flag. Nearly 7,000 Americans, almost 6,000 of them Marines, including three in Rosenthal's photograph, died in the battle for the strategically important Pacific island that had previously been a Japanese stronghold. That represents nearly one-third of the Marines killed in all of WWII. After the war, in which he also took photographs of the invasions of New Guinea and Guam, Rosenthal became the chief photographer and manager of Times Wide World Photos before going to work for the "San Francisco Chronicle". Australian-born EVONNE GOOLAGONG (born in 1951) was the first Aboriginal woman to win international fame for tennis and the first Aboriginal person to star in a sport other than football or boxing. A dominant player during the 1970s and early 1980s, Goolagong racked up 43 singles and nine doubles titles before her retirement in 1983. Her wins include seven Grand Slam singles titles (four Australian Opens, two Wimbledon titles and one French Open) and six Grand Slam doubles titles. Goolagong also won the WTA Tour championship in 1974 and 1976 and the Italian Open in 1973, and she was a member of Australia's winning Fed Cup teams in 1971, 1973 and 1974. Goolagong, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1988, had been awarded the MBE in 1972 and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1982. She has been married to British tennis player Roger Cawley since 1975. Glue stains on verso touch the "ng" of Goolagong. Lightly rippled at cachet. Lightly worn at corners. Fine condition.
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