JOE ROSENTHAL - PHOTOCOPY SIGNED IN INK CO-SIGNED BY: CHARLES W. LINDBERG - HFSID 272460
Sale Price $450.00
JOE ROSENTHAL AND CHARLES W. LINDBERG. Reproduction signed: "In memory of 50th anniversary -/an (sic) those who lived and died on -/Iwo Jima/Joe Rosenthal" and inscribed and signed: "To David/Best always/Charles W. Lindberg", 1p, 8½x11. Reproduction of an artist's rendition of the first flag raising on Iwo Jima. Names of participants and facsimile signature of Lindberg imprinted at upper right background. Imprinted on verso are a brief biograph of Lindberg, a reproduction of a letter to Lindbergh from Chase Untermeyer, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and a reproduction of a "State of Minnesota" proclamation proclaiming Charles Lindberg Week in the state. 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". CHARLES W. LINDBERG, a veteran of the Guadalcanal and Bougainville campaigns before participating in the flag raising as a 24-year-old Corporal, carried a flame thrower with Company E, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division on Iwo Jima from February 19-March 1, 1945, and he was the recipient of a Silver Star for his bravery. Lindbergh, the last surviving member of the flag raising, was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1920, but became a resident of Richfield, Minnesota. Lightly creased. Two ¼-inch tears at right edge. Tape remnant at lower right margin on verso, which has light show through of Rosenthal's writing. Overall, fine condition.
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