These are original photos snapped, developed and disseminated to news organizations during the war, not later reproductions. They were formerly in thecollection of long-defunct Washington D.C. newspaper, the WashingtonEvening Star. The gentleman I bought them from worked at the newspaper and saved the from the trash when the paper decided to clean house some years after the war.
The newspaper was DC's premier newspaper at the time (The Washington Post had languished under the mismanagement of the Mclean Family). In close proximity to the action/War Department in Washington D.C., this paper was well-positioned and had the finances to receive the finest and, in some cases, rarest press/Marine/Army etc. photos of the war. It is hard to imagine that a better collection of these Iwo Jima photographs has - or will ever - come to market, unless the NYT, another major newspaper, or the US Armed Services deaccession theirs. T are MANY photos in this collection that I have never seen before.
The quality of the photos in front is generally excellent, with occasional crimping & light age toning. ... read more