Many of you know I collect artifacts, bits...of buildings, melted roof tiles, melted windows with wood in them, fused ceramic and metal, blasted electrical bits with aggregate...things from the Hiroshima Atomic Bombing. That blast stuff is very hard to authenticate. I also collect Survivor autographs - the closer to 1945 the better. Of the many signatures I have, even from this one man, and the many I have examined, this is the earliest yet by a full year. It's a man whose material I collect seriously.
Kiyoshi Kikkawa opened a "souvenir shop" near the Dome in mid-late 1951 and spoke and traveled and was a great proponent of peace. He helped to preserve the Dome. Shown below is him in the Red Cross hospital in 1946 or '47, the earliest signature I have seen, him after this still in the Red Cross Hospital (he left in April 1951 citing poor food and treatment), him signing his autobiography in his "Atomic Shop" near the Genbaku Dome 1953, the autobiography, signed and stamped, a rare snapshot from June,1952 showing him being photographed by solders - he had a badly flash-burned back with keloid formations I won't show here, and he would expose it ceremoniously for anyone who asked, and - a rare color slide of his shop in about 1954. Click to see entire image.
Fascinating collection Eric. That insulator is exactly the type we used for our electric fences.
Thanks Scott. I have 2 of these. I was watching a newer film called Ichiban Densha Ga Hashitta which was about the first trolley - up and running in 72 hours! (It ran for 1.4 Km but was a great symbol of life in an apparently dead city. Some of the action took place in an electrical substation and i started noticing all this ceramic stuff. The trolley is a very famous story - three original trolleys that survived the bombing still run in Hiroshima. I was very excited and started looking into this. Why would two of the same ceramic items be be found in mixed rubble 5 to 15 feet deep? This suggests they existed in quantity. That they are not fused with dirt like most things suggests an unusual location (on a pole). From the photographic record I could not see this sort of thing in the trolley system - but there were telephone and telegraph poles all over Hiroshima. So, that is more or less how I deduced this must be from one or the other. Quantity and condition. The Europium was confirmed by a radiation museum that purchased a small quantity of items for their collection (that had nothing from Hiroshima)m and so I could get proper readings. I had been authenticating visually and by other means but not with isotope readings. To my pleasure, all my items are genuine and from that day and place.
Further research needed. This may well be from 1930's "knob and tube" wiring - homes.
I suspect the "cheap" card above on the right is from 1945-1947 or so, and circulated among Japanese etc. to show what happened, as it was very unclear for a while. I do not quite understand why the image was thought "lost" as it appears on this card, yes - this one is rare, but also the (later) color card posted previously, which is comparatively common.
A Kodachrome from December 1945 that you simply won't see be seeing anywhere else.
And here is a backlit image of one of my glass fragments showing wood possibly from a window sill - other clearly have plants in them. One is a horrid "snowglobe" with fallout ash and god knows what else caught in a bubble. You know what is in there.
This is a "tame "peice: