August 14, 2010

Something Wonderful: Pictures of the Gone World: VJ Day, Hawaii | August 14, 1945

This is what victory felt like. A victory that made our whole lives since that day possible. A victory made possible by all those in this long lost film and all those that did not survive to be in the film.

Color video footage found after sitting for 65 years. It’s video taken of VJ day in Honolulu. August 14, 1945. 65 Years ago Richard Sullivan shot this film along Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki capturing spontaneous celebrations that broke out upon first hearing news of the Japanese surrender.

Kodachrome 16mm film.

HT: Dan Friedman

[Republished from American Digest, June 24, 2010]

Posted by Vanderleun at August 14, 2010 8:20 AM
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I am saddened to see what we were like as a nation then and compare it to what we are like as a nation today.

Posted by: WWWebb at June 24, 2010 8:41 AM

Very cool, to say the least.

Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: tim at June 24, 2010 9:21 AM

I never expected to start the morning with tears. What a find, thank you for sharing it.

As an aside, I was born on VE Day and my Father wrote in my baby book, "The whole world celebrated the day of your birth, but none more than I."

Posted by: Sara (Pal2Pal) at June 24, 2010 10:51 AM

Scoured that baby. No sign of Obama.

Posted by: Rodger Schultz at June 24, 2010 1:22 PM

Thank you very much, Gerard.

Posted by: pst314 at June 24, 2010 6:12 PM

That is an incredible film, and fantastic quality. Was it cleaned up, color-balanced, or otherwise processed?

I have to say, though, that I have never understood the appeal of Jimmy Durante.

Posted by: rickl at June 24, 2010 6:17 PM

Wow...just wow.

Posted by: M*A at June 24, 2010 6:54 PM

Thanks, Gerard, for the look into the world of my parents' youth. There's lots of snapshots of those days tucked away in a drawer, but a movie (color, no less!) really brings those days to life.

It helps me to imagine my father as an 18-year-old sailor, fresh out of Navy boot camp, or my mother as a high-school junior. It's a tough thing for me to do-- for me, my parents were always middle-aged (they were in their middle 30s when I was born in '62).

Thanks for the prod to the ol' imagination. Dad is a dozen years gone; and Mom is 82 now, and her mind is beginning to slip a bit.

Posted by: Hale Adams at June 24, 2010 10:37 PM

Those celebrations will be harryreided, uh, dwarfed, if this Nov's elections reprise the numbers of the Great Marianas Turkey shoot. And those made insignificant if Pres. Noisome Pestilence ever retires the debt by committing seppuku on pay-per-view.

Posted by: Kerry at June 25, 2010 4:21 AM

That was great. Thanks for posting it.

And it was great for so many reasons: style, cars, dress, general classiness of the people filmed. We have changed so much as a nation since VJ Day.

I've been watching MAD MEN on DVD recently. Fiction, I know, but a window nonetheless into life after victory and WWII.

Posted by: Patty at June 26, 2010 11:05 AM

I know that most everyone in the film is under thirty...yet they have a maturity and "weight" that I just don't see in our current crop of "adults".

I wonder if we will ever have a moment like that again.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at August 14, 2010 1:40 PM

My mother would have been four years old! My father would have been 9. I looked at all those skipping little kids and marveled at how many of them are now great grandparents!

Posted by: Jewel at August 14, 2010 7:08 PM

A most impressive look at a most important day, from so many years ago. Thank you for sharing this.

Although I was born just shy of ten years after that date, we were reminded, as kids, about not only VJ Day, but VE Day, and the reason we entered the war in the first place.

I wonder how many parents are reminding their children today, about what treats we are facing, and why?

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