LARGE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT OF THE SIGNING OF THE DOCUMENTS OF JAPANESE SURRENDER ABOARD THE U.S.S. MISSOURI, INSCRIBED AND TWICE SIGNED BY ADMIRAL CHESTER W. NIMITZ
NIMITZ, Chester W. Photograph inscribed. Tokyo, September 2, 1945. Black-and-white photographic print, measuring 13-3/4 by 10-1/2 inches. $4800.
Large photographic print of Chester Nimitz signing the documents of surrender on board the U.S.S. Missouri at the end of World War II, inscribed by him below the image: "To Colonel and Mrs. C.E. Childs—AFR with best wishes—C.W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, US Navy," additionally signed by him within the image: "C.W. Nimitz, U.S. Representative."
This iconic black-and-white photographic print on card stock shows Nimitz, who would later become Chief of Naval Operations, signing on behalf of the United States to accept the surrender of Japan on September 2, 1945 in Tokyo Bay aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. Sitting at the desk in profile, Nimitz is shown surrounded by a large group of high-ranking naval personnel, including General Douglas MacArthur, Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., Rear Admiral Forrest Sherman, and Vice Admiral John S. McCain Sr., grandfather to Senator John McCain III (the photograph was taken four days before the senior McCain's death). In image at lower right corner: "The Japanese Surrender, U.S.S. Missouri, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945."
A few very faint creases. About-fine condition.