They were acquaintances and the story of the how they were signed is as follows. I was stationed in San Francisco during the 80s and knew Joe Rosenthal quite well. One night I attended a reception for him at the Officer's Club on Treasure Island. During the course of the party, I was asked if I would drive Joe home in the government sedan.At the appointed time we went out to the car. During the short walk, Joe said, I don't want to talk about the flag raising. He had been barraged with the question all night long. After all, it was an honor just to be in the car with him.
As soon as I turned on the ignition, Joe started talking... You guessed it, The Flag Raising. He described how he heard a patrol was going to the top of Suribachi, so he tagged along. When he got to the top, he observed several men working on a Japanese pipe, getting it ready to use as a flagpole, Joe being short, looked around for a good vantage point, and then piled several rocks on top of each other... And then stood on them.
He was busy with this, when he heard someone say, There it goes. He looked up in time to see the pole start rising and quickly brought his camera up from about his stomach location to his eye and took the photograph.
At the time he didn't know what he had shot, because he didn't have time to frame the photo. Later that day Joe took the developed film to the beach and gave it to someone (unknown) to take it back to the rear for developing.
When Joe left the island some time later, he was greeted with, Joe, did you pose the photograph? Joe told me that he thought they were talking about another he took with a group of Marines in front of the raised flag and said, Yes it had been posed. When he saw the famous photo, he retracted his statement... That said, Joe assured me that the famous flag raising was NOT posed, it was just fate that he caught the six men raising the flag at just the right moment.This personally autographed piece of history is one of a kind and dear to the heart of our consignor. Own a piece of Marine Corps history!! We will be listing other original antique Marine recruiting posters and equipment from the same estate in. The coming days and weeks.
We are helping a Marine Corp veteran liquidate his collection. Additional images available upon request. Keywords: Vintage recruiting posters, rare posters, original posters, old posters, antique posters, World War 1 posters, WWI posters, WW2 posters, World War II posters, war posters, vintage graphics, old illustrations, old propaganda, vintage propaganda, vintage ephemera, patriotic posters, Vietnam War, Korean War, Marine Corps, Semper Fidelis. The item "SIGNED IWO JIMA 50 STAMPS JOE ROSENTHAL AP PHOTOGRAPHER ORIGINAL RARE WW2 WWII" is in sale since Sunday, December 8, 2019.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Autographs\Military". The seller is "southworth-books" and is located in Oakton, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States.