Picture Post Cards
The Grogan Photo Company of Danville, Illinois, produced real picture post cards relating to WWII Okinawa. These were produced from the late 40's to early 50's. The picture post cards were made from photographs, thus the description "real picture post cards" applies, and came in at least 8 different series. Each card had a printed caption and a number for that particular image.
The Okinawa related series were produced on several types of post card photopaper stocks.
Type I, EKC ("Eastman Kodak Co.")
Below are the cards which have been confirmed. I would like to thank Donn Cuson for helping fill in many of the missing numbers. Donn has prepared a monograph on this series. He has identified six types of cards. His monograph contains a check list of the cards. Some of the numbers appear on more than one type of card. If you are interested in purchasing this monograph, contact me and I will put you in touch with Donn.
As you can see, gaps remain on some of the series. Information to fill in the blanks would be appreciated.
Series 1 (1-1 to 1-12) 1-1 1 April, 1945 L-Day - Landing of 6th Marine Division on Okinawa 1-2 The General and the Private 1-3 Observing Artillery Fire on Outskirts of Naha 1-4 Taking of Sugar Loaf Hill - Vicinity of Naha 1-5 Taking Naha 1-6 Chow Line 1-7 Cleaning Out Cave - Vicinity of Naha 1-8 Civilians Aid in Feeding Sick and Wounded\ 1-9 Watchful Waiting 1-10 Tanks in Action Outskirts of Naha 1-11 Motobu Peninsula - On Road to Nago 1-12 Farming in Okinawa Series 2 (2-1 to 2-12) 2-1 L Day 1 April 1945 On Okinawa 2-2 Marines Moving Thru Rice Paddys 2-3 Mud Vicinity of Naha 2-4 Jap Pillbox Naha 2-5 Camouflaged Jap Landing Craft Motobu Peninsula 2-6 Church Services at Nago 2-7 Tombs of Okinawa (landscape format - 2 GI walking in tomb area) 2-8 Naha, Capital of Okinawa 2-9 Good Luck Give em Hell 2-10 Rice Paddies in North Okinawa 2-11 Attack of Motobu Mountains 2-12 Okinawan Child Sleeping with 2 Marines Series 3 (3-1 to 3-12) (Envelope "12 Genuine Photographs, Group 3") 3-1 L-Day 3-2 Pioneers (GIs rolling barrels onto track vehicle) 3-3 Questioning a Jap Prisoner 3-4 Major General Lemuel Shepherd, Jr. 3-5 Ruins of Nago 3-6 Yontan Airfield - Okinawa 3-7 Native Okinawan Having a Little Horse Trouble 3-8 Cleaning Rifle - Okinawa 3-9 Bombardment of Naha 3-10 Okinawa - Jap Personnel Trench 3-11 Marines Attacking Motobu Mountain, Motobu Peninsula 3-12 Flamethrowers - Outskirts of Naha Series 4 (4-1 to 4-12) 4-1 Landing of 6th Marine Division on Okinawa, April 1st 1945 4-2 An Okinawan Beauty 4-3 Major General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. Visits Front Lines 4-4 Yonitan Air Field L-Day as Found by Marines of the 6th Division (“of the 6th” not typeset, manuscript) 4-5 Operating Room in a Cave 4-6 Flamethrowers in Action Naha 4-7 Marines Moving into Naha 4-8 Sugar Loaf Hill - Vicinity Naha 4-9 Typical Okinawan Scenery 4-10 Sugar Refinery Naha 4-11 Bridge Demolished by Japs 4-12 Be Kind to Animals [3 Marines feeding hay to a small horse] Series 5 (5-1 to 5-12) 5-1 Wading Ashore L Day 5-2 L Day 5-3 Dummy Jap Plane Yontan Airfield 5-4 Artillery in Action 5-5 He Isn't So Brave Now 5-6 Two Marines in An ___ 5-7 Rockets in Action Jap Air Attack 5-8 Even Marines Must Rest 5-9 View of Yontan Airfield 5-10 Waiting for Trouble Vicinity of Naha 5-11 The Japs Were Well Entrenched in Caves 5-12 Mail from Home Series 6 (6-1 to 6-12?) 6-1 Dedication Services, 6th Marine Cemetery, July 4, 1945 6-2 Taps at the 6th Marine Division Cemetery on Okinawa 6-3 Captured Gun on Oroku Peninsula 6-4 Naha Airfield 6-5 Flamethrowers in Action, 6-6 Southern Tip of Okinawa 6-7 Naha 6-8 Senaga Shima 6-9 Sugar Loaf Hill 6-10 6-11 6-12 Series 7 (7-1 to 7-12?) 7-1 6th Marine Divison Cemetery on Okinawa 7-2 Entrance 6th Marine Cemetery 7-3 Outskirts of Naha 7-4 Radio Towers East of Naha 7-5 Admiral Ota's CP 7-6 Advance on Oroku Peninsula 7-7 Bridge Between Naha and Oroku Peninsula 7-8 Yontan Airfield 7-9 Jap Gun Found Overlooking Naha Airfield 7-10 7-11 7-12 Three Digit Series (170 to 211) 170 Ishikawa Resettlement Camp 171 Defended Tombs, Naha, Okinawa 172 Interior Native Tomb, Okinawa 173 174 Island Cemetery, Isa, Okinawa 175 Former Police Gymnasium, Naha, Okinawa [Butokuden - Karate] 176 177 Naha Harbor & Bay, Okinawa 178 Ruins of Shinto Shrine, Naha, Okinawa 179 Steps to Shinto Shrine, Naha, Okinawa 180 Entrance to Shinto Shrine, Naha, Okinawa 181 Shrine Ruins, Naha Park, Okinawa 182 Naha Park & Shrine, Okinawa 183 184 Typhoon Wake, Naha, Okinawa 185 186 187 Saw-Tooth Ridge to Buckner Bay, Okinawa 188 Chocolate Drop Hill, Okinawa 189 190 191 192 Obascom Headquarters, Okinawa 193 194 195 Interior Native Hut Okinawa 196 Okinawa Kids 197 Deserted Village, Okinawa 198 OBASCOM Chapel, Okinawa 199 OBASCOM Chapel, Okinawa (vertical format) 200 Boys’ High School, Shuri, Okinawa 201 Shuri Christian Church, Okinawa 202 Okinawa Memorial Church (vertical format) 203 Okinawa Memorial Church (vertical format) 204 Ruins of Shuri, Okinawa 205 206 Bailey Bridges, Okinawa 207 Ie Shima Cemetery Ryukyus 208 Aerial View, Ie Shima 209 Ernie Pyle Memorial, Ie Shima 210 211 Snipers Hill Ie Shima
U.S. Marine Corps Photos, Set No. 17, 20 Photographs, Okinawa Operation, February 18, 1944, Price $1.20, Official Photos Co., 1434 North Western Avenue, Hollywood 27, California
While the set's envelope carries the date February 18, 1944, the images appear to depict combat during the battle of Okinawa (April, 1945) and scenes showing the results of the combat.
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