Rosenthal’s famous photograph showing the Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima, Signed and dated in the right center portion of the photograph, “Joe Rosenthal / Mt. Suribachi / Iwo Jima / Feb. 23, 1945”. The unusually large black and white photograph measures 10 inches wide by 12 1/2 inches high.
Iwo Jima was the most difficult and costly battle of World War II. The raising of the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi was both a real and a symbolic victory. It followed several days of intense fighting. On the fifth day, when the flag appeared, everyone could see it. Ships in the harbor blew their whistles; cheers went up all over the island. It was the first time any nation had raised their flag on Japanese territory. Joe Rosenthal, the photographer, knew he had a good photograph, but he didn’t know how good until it was developed on Guam. The photograph would become the most famous photograph of World War II. It symbolized the courage, bravery and indomitable spirit that was and still is American. Tragically, half of the soldiers seen raising the flag in the photograph died in the fighting, before it was developed. Almost immediately, the photograph became a poster, a postage stamp, and ultimately, an inspirational monument.
Framed (with a blue outer mat and white inner mat) (in a decorative silver frame) dimensions: 16 5/8 inches wide by 19 1/2 inches high.
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