So it came as a shock to see this article stating that a famous photo of Japanese women manning fire hoses after the attack was, in fact, not true. It was a real photo, but apparently taken much later - or so the surviving woman in the photo believes. Now, is that the shock? No. What shocked me was that the photo existed. Again, I've studied, read, bought books, magazines, articles, and documents on the topic. I've done reports, essays, and projects centered on the topic. I've seen just about every photo I thought there was to see. Yet the article says this:
"The photograph has had quite the run through the history books."I don't know. Never saw it before now. Of course I pretty much ignore the [Non]History Channel at this point, so if it's there I wouldn't see it. I'm just taken that the article assumes "why, this photo was everywhere" when, in truth, after the hundreds of books and articles I've read, and the endless lists of photos I've seen, this was the first.
It says something, that's for sure. Maybe no matter how much we think we know, there's always something out there we've missed. Or maybe the press has a tendency to over-inflate things in order to continually promote narratives and memes of its choosing. Or a combination of both. Makes me wonder, don't think I don't.