Email #5 (Gettyimages – Hulton Archive)

I’ve started to do some serious digging on the sword and I thought I’d document the process.  Here is the 5th email I’ve written.  I’ll likely paraphrase  responses in future posts.

To the Getty Images – Hulton Archive


I’m doing some research on objects collected from General Tojo (the Japanese prime minster that ordered Pearl Harbor) by US intelligence services during WWII. The pictures I’m looking for are of Tojo’s suicide attempt taken in his home on Sept 11, 1945. Specifically, I’m interested in anything that shows his swords or a table with the white cloth on it. I can find one picture on your website (#3062100) and I’m sure you have more. The one on your site may meet my needs, but I’m not sure because I can’t see the full image. Can you help me find more images, and is there any way I can get a closer look at what’s on the table of image (#3062100)? If I can find what I’m looking for, I will gladly make purchases.

Thanks in advance,

Gregg Davey

Comments (3)

Gregg DaveyMarch 25th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

After reviewing a larger copy of the image requested, I determined it was not useful, however, I’ve now authorized a paid search for more images. Let’s see what that come up with.

GreggDaveyMarch 30th, 2010 at 8:06 am

Response from the Getty Images / Hulton Archive:


Good morning.

I have now had our colleagues check our analog collections in search of the Tojo suicide attempt images you have been seeking.

They have reported in to me that all of our related images are online and that though they may have seen images of the swords in private collections or from museum collections these images unfortunately are not in our collections.

Here is a light-box of the images that you probably have already seen .

I am sorry that I was not able to be of more help.

Chris CarolaMay 1st, 2012 at 9:47 am

Google my Sept. 2010 story on Jack Wilpers, CIC, who was one of the US soldiers who brought Tojo in after keeping him alive. FYI, his son, John Wilpers, lives in Marshfield, Mass. Am interested in talking to you about the Americans who got Tojo and how many of them are still alive. Believe Jack Wilpers is still living. Hope to hear from you soon.

Chris Carola
The Associated Press
Albany, NY

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