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Posts tagged vintage color slides

Vintage Japanese girls

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Today’s photo is about 65-years old so these two, if they are still alive, are now in their 70s. For more of my dad’s photos from the early 1950s click here.

Merry Christmas bling

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Today’s photo is proof that “bling” was invented long before the 1990s. This is from my parents’ slides and dates to the early 1950s.

Vintage color slides – Japan 1953?

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U.S. military personnel in Japanese rice field 1953

Today’s photos are from my dad’s slide collection. These were taken in the Kitakyushu area in 1952 or 1953.

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Anyone have any idea what is happening in this third image?

Little Japanese Girl

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Japanese girl in kimono at shrine – 1950s – Kokura (Kitakyushu), Japan

Another photo today from my father’s collection of slides… If this beautiful, little girl is still alive today (2013) she is about 62-years old.

8048 Army Unit – Kokura General Depot

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Glenn Case – Kokura General Depot – 8048 Army Unit – Japan during the Korean War

More details have unfolded as I’ve converted more of my dad’s slides into digital images. The 8048 Army Unit only existed from March 17, 1951 until July 27, 1954 so these Japan photos must have all come from that time period.

Shopping in Japan in the 1950s

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Vintage Japan photo – 1950s 商店街

I have come upon some interesting slides my dad took in the early 1950s. I’m not sure of the year, but it may have been 1952 or 1953. I think my dad was stationed at USAFFE Kokura General Depot on Kyushu. Kokura is now part of Kitakyushu (北九州市). This photo was likely taken near that base. I was unable to find any of the stores in this photo using Google so they have likely (long since) turned into something else. 魚町一丁目商店街 is one likely possibility. The Kokura General Depot was apparently only used during the Korean War. If someone else can give a more complete description of what happened there, how Kokura General Depot came into existence, and what became of the place, I’d love to hear from you.

Apparently, Santa Claus had a piece of the advertising budget even in the 1950s in Japan. Who knew? One of these stores is advertising its American products, but they are not aimed at US servicemen as the sign is in Japanese.

Kokura, by the way, only existed like this in the early 1950s because of a fortunate (for Kokura–not Nagasaki) weather incident. Kokura had been the primary target of the “Fat Man” nuclear bomb on August 9, 1945, but the city was obscured by clouds when the bomb was to be dropped. Therefore, Nagasaki became the new target.

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