Kyoto Wooden Viewfinder
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Wooden Viewfinder


Forced feelings of protectiveness


Places user in hypnotic state


Viewing image through

Collected by

Warehouse 13 Agents







Date of Collection



Origin[edit | edit source]

In 1929 Henry Stimson visited the city of Kyoto Japan with his wife. Falling in love with the city and culture he vowed that one day he would bring their children to see the wonders. Before they left Mrs. Stimson saw a young man selling toys to tourists. One of those items that was for sale was a wooden viewfinder with several pictures of the city. That toy found its way into Henry’s office at the White House. In 1931, after the atomic bomb was finished President Truman wanted Henry to pick a target to bomb in Japan for retaliation for Pearl Harbor. Using the toy his first thought was to bomb the capitol city however the longer he looked at the images the more he felt that was a mistake. While he thought he was only using it for a moment, when he lowered it he saw several hours had passed and a decision needed to be made. He believed that the atomic bomb had to be used against combatants and war workers; Hiroshima and Nagasaki both in fact contained combatant bases and major centers of war industry.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Whatever picture is viewed through the viewfinder causes the user to feel protective of it.

Extended use causes hypnotic status.

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