Small business

Japanese American businesses, such as groceries, fish shops, laundries, barbershops, public bathhouses, restaurants, drugstores, and dry goods stores, sprang up in communities along the West Coast. Women and children were vitally important to these "mom and pop" enterprises, as their free labor allowed the family to survive and even prosper during lean times.

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Small business (335)

335 items
Ten cent store (ddr-densho-353-80)
img Ten cent store (ddr-densho-353-80)
Heitaro Matsumoto's ten cent store, located at 902 Yesler Way. Note on back: "Meiji 38 Apr, went to Fife, then hotel in Seattle, Taisho 7 Feb."
Northeast corner of 6th and Weller Street (ddr-densho-353-123)
img Northeast corner of 6th and Weller Street (ddr-densho-353-123)
Japanese businesses included the Midway hotel, a barber, tailor, dry goods store, and retaurants.
Jackson Plumbing (ddr-densho-353-131)
img Jackson Plumbing (ddr-densho-353-131)
Jackson Plumbing was located at 667 Jackson Street. A note on the back reads: "Yamada, Asataro, Meiji 41 Jan."
Nippon Fireworks Company (ddr-densho-353-135)
img Nippon Fireworks Company (ddr-densho-353-135)
A note on the back identifies Mr. Endo as the third to the right.
Inside of Mitsuwado (ddr-densho-353-68)
img Inside of Mitsuwado (ddr-densho-353-68)
Mitsuwado was a large bookstore on Main Street.
Invoice from Carter Products, Inc. (ddr-densho-319-496)
doc Invoice from Carter Products, Inc. (ddr-densho-319-496)
Invoices for liver and nervine pill purchases made by T.K. Pharmacy from Carter Products, Inc.
Invoice from A. Carbone & Company (ddr-densho-319-502)
doc Invoice from A. Carbone & Company (ddr-densho-319-502)
Invoice for a whiskey, rum, and gin purchase made by T.K. Pharmacy from A. Carbone & Company.
Invoice from Morey Mercantile Co. (ddr-densho-319-523)
doc Invoice from Morey Mercantile Co. (ddr-densho-319-523)
Invoice for purchases made by T.K. Pharmacy from Morey Mercantile Co.
Invoice from Rothenberg & Schloss Cigar Co. (ddr-densho-319-529)
doc Invoice from Rothenberg & Schloss Cigar Co. (ddr-densho-319-529)
Invoice for cigar purchases made by T.K. Pharmacy from Rothenberg & Schloss Cigar Co.
Letter regarding an order and a window display (ddr-densho-319-587)
doc Letter regarding an order and a window display (ddr-densho-319-587)
Correspondence from the Anacin Company regarding an order from T.K. Pharmacy and purchase of a window display.
Invoice from Keystone Manufacturing Company (ddr-densho-319-515)
doc Invoice from Keystone Manufacturing Company (ddr-densho-319-515)
Invoice for the purchase of a screen made by T.K. Pharmacy from Keystone Manufacturing Company.
Invoice from Standard Bottling Company (ddr-densho-319-537)
doc Invoice from Standard Bottling Company (ddr-densho-319-537)
Invoice for a beverage purchase made by T.K. Pharmacy from Standard Bottling Company.
Invoice from Cuban Cigar Co. (ddr-densho-319-509)
doc Invoice from Cuban Cigar Co. (ddr-densho-319-509)
Invoice for a cigar purchase made by T.K. Pharamcy from Cuban Cigar Co.
Invoice from Standard Bottling Company (ddr-densho-319-538)
doc Invoice from Standard Bottling Company (ddr-densho-319-538)
Invoice for a beverage purchase made by T.K. Pharmacy from Standard Bottling Company.
Letter regarding a circular order (ddr-densho-319-578)
doc Letter regarding a circular order (ddr-densho-319-578)
Correspondence from United Advertising Services regarding an order of Super Value Days sales circulars.
Invoice from A. Carbone & Company (ddr-densho-319-501)
doc Invoice from A. Carbone & Company (ddr-densho-319-501)
Invoice for a wine, sherry, and brandy purchase made by T.K. Pharmacy from A. Carbone & Company.
Invoice from the W.H. Kistler Stationary Co. (ddr-densho-319-514)
doc Invoice from the W.H. Kistler Stationary Co. (ddr-densho-319-514)
Invoice for a purchase made by T.K. Pharmacy from the W.H. Kistler Stationary Co.
Letter regarding  T.K. Pharmacy letterhead (ddr-densho-319-586)
doc Letter regarding T.K. Pharmacy letterhead (ddr-densho-319-586)
Correspondence from Merle Sears Paper Box Co. requesting approval of a letterhead proof.
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