68 yr. old photos stored in an old brownie camera of Pearl Harbor

According to some of the comments I’ve gotten from this post, the story that was sent to me, along with these photos, might not be correct. Ether way the photos are still very interesting to look and, and I’ll let you judge for yourself if you believe the story behind it or not:

“Fantastic photos taken 68 years ago” — sent to me from someone who claimed they came from Ted Cowen in Arizona who is quoted as saying, “Some of you will have to go to a museum to see what a Brownie camera looked like”.

On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. By planning his attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in port. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island , where it had just delivered some aircraft. The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States.

6 Comments on “68 yr. old photos stored in an old brownie camera of Pearl Harbor

  1. One other issue:
    The aspect ratio of the prints for the Kodak Brownie Camera is not consistant throughout the photos posted. The old Brownie Hawkeye has the 620 film aspect, produced 1950-1961. A little late for these photos.
    The Kodak Brownie Box Camera of the 1930’s used a diferent film format of either Agfa A8 film or Eastman 127 size film.

    More info can be found here – http://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Kodak_Brownie


  2. Problems with these pictures:

    These pictures are unbelievable.


    1. One of the pictures has brown in the photo – which is from a Black & White negative – I don't think so.

    Having one brown spot of color and no color elsewhere in the picture is suspicious.

    2. The contrast consistancy from picture to picture is not the same, when they are suppose to be from the same roll of film.

    I have done my share of dark room developing as a teenager and you don't get different shades on the same negative roll of film.

    3. The sharpness in this picture is off and some of the other pictures are sharp.

    The Kodak Brownie Camera had a fixed glass cover, it was a pinhole camera.

    Therefore the image will be consistantly sharp in the foregrround and background, unless the camera moved while the shutter was open.

    Nice pictures, but this appears to be a HOAX about the camera.

  3. The problem with this story is that the Brownie camera’s of that era only shot 8 pictures per roll of film. Now, they could have found the camera with a roll and a couple rolls of undeveloped film along with it, but they definitely were not all in the camera at the time of discovery. Only one Brownie model, the Hawkeye, took more photos (12) which still is not enough for this story, but that camera wasn’t even made until 1950 or so.

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