U.S. Atomic Bomb Stamp

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Date: 1994

Region: North America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Public Art


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Artist: United States Postal Service

Confronting Bodies: Government of the Empire of Japan

Dates of Action: 1994

Location: Washington D.C

Description of Artwork: 32 cent United States postage stamp, with illustration of atomic bomb explosion, and caption "Decision to drop atomic bomb saves GI lives"

The Incident: Government of the Empire of Japan protested, alleging that the A-bomb dropping at Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not normal acts of war but racially motivated genocide - an obvious crock, since the victorious Allies did not exterminate the vanquished Japanese.

Results of Incident: The United States Government and the United States Postal Service kow-towed to the Japanese and withdrew the planned stamp.

Source: Multiple newspaper accounts. James P. Vichench (NY, NY)