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Vintage photos mostly from the 1930s to the 1950s of Japanese-Americans, including a few photos of friends or relatives in Japan. Scanned from a private family collection and offered for use via a Creative Commons BY-NC license. If you use any photos please credit Kimi and link to hapaheritage.tumblr.com. If you’d like to use a photo for commercial use, or need a higher resolution scan, contact me with some information about your project or intended usage.

Top: On the left is my Grandmother Yoneko. April, 1941

Bottom: Manzanar Relocation Camp. My family was interred here a year after the top photo was taken, and my mother was born in the camp shortly after. The bottom photo isn’t dated, but the paper is identical, so it’s likely to have been taken in the early 40s and not after the war ended and the camp was closed.

You can see the water tower and barracks from a different angle in this photo by Ansel Adams taken in 1943.

9 months ago
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Guessing late 50s by the paper. Possibly members of the Kodama family.

Guessing late 50s by the paper. Possibly members of the Kodama family.

11 months ago
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Late 1950s or early 1960s. My grandmother, Yoneko, with her two chihuahuas. Taken in California.

Late 1950s or early 1960s. My grandmother, Yoneko, with her two chihuahuas. Taken in California.

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1950s Anderson Air Force Base, Guam. Unknown persons.

1950s Anderson Air Force Base, Guam. Unknown persons.

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Late 1950s. My uncle Jun at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam. The man pictured with him in the bottom photo was a radio operator.

11 months ago
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Another really old photo. Guessing early 30s here with that blend of finger wave hairstyle and kimono. Photo was sent from Japan.

Another really old photo. Guessing early 30s here with that blend of finger wave hairstyle and kimono. Photo was sent from Japan.

11 months ago
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Summer recreation! c1950s.

Summer recreation! c1950s.

11 months ago
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Foldup cuffs! Late 1950s or early 1960s. The man in the back in the photo on the left is my grandfather, Kichisaburo.

11 months ago
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This one’s an old one. 1930s Southern California is my best guess.

This one’s an old one. 1930s Southern California is my best guess.

11 months ago
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My scanner is working again! Uniform photo is an unknown person in Japan, the other two were most likely taken in Arizona.

11 months ago
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