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.

Industry and employment (392)
Small business (335)

335 items
Letter sent to T.K. Pharmacy from Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-319-31)
doc Letter sent to T.K. Pharmacy from Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-319-31)
Basic translation: We have four cases of Sakuramasamune sake and would like to clear our inventry in the warehouse. Let me know if you are interested in purchasing.
Invoice from Ware Brothers (ddr-densho-319-540)
doc Invoice from Ware Brothers (ddr-densho-319-540)
Invoice for multiple purchases made by T.K. Pharmacy from Ware Brothers, Druggists' Sundries.
Letter regarding Victory Garden seeds (ddr-densho-319-561)
doc Letter regarding Victory Garden seeds (ddr-densho-319-561)
Correspondence from Mandeville & King Co regarding T.K. Pharmacy's purchase of seeds for Victory Gardens.
Invoice from Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company (ddr-densho-319-504)
doc Invoice from Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company (ddr-densho-319-504)
Invoice for soaps, toothpaste, shaving cream, etc. made by T.K. Pharmacy from Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company.
Invoice from the Isbell-Kent-Oakes Dry Goods Co. (ddr-densho-319-512)
doc Invoice from the Isbell-Kent-Oakes Dry Goods Co. (ddr-densho-319-512)
Invoice for purchases of panty hose made by T.K. Pharmacy from Isbell-Kent-Oakes Dry Goods Co.
Invoice from the Kohler McLister Paint Co. (ddr-densho-319-513)
doc Invoice from the Kohler McLister Paint Co. (ddr-densho-319-513)
Invoice for a purchase made by T.K. Pharmacy from the Kohler McLister Paint Co,
Invoice from Sharp V. Dohme (ddr-densho-319-528)
doc Invoice from Sharp V. Dohme (ddr-densho-319-528)
Invoice for a purchase of Sucrets made by T.K. Pharmacy from Sharp V. Dohme.
Invoice from Central Supply Company (ddr-densho-319-497)
doc Invoice from Central Supply Company (ddr-densho-319-497)
Invoice for car parts purchase made by T.K. Pharmacy from Central Supply Company.
Invoice from A. Carbone & Company (ddr-densho-319-500)
doc Invoice from A. Carbone & Company (ddr-densho-319-500)
Invoice for a whiskey purchase made by T.K. Pharmacy from A. Carbone & Company.
Invoice from Zerbst Pharmacal Co., Inc. (ddr-densho-319-545)
doc Invoice from Zerbst Pharmacal Co., Inc. (ddr-densho-319-545)
Invoice for a pharmaceutical purchase made by T.K. Pharmacy from Zerbst Pharmacal Co., Inc.
Invoice from Midwest Liquor Co. (ddr-densho-319-522)
doc Invoice from Midwest Liquor Co. (ddr-densho-319-522)
Invoice for a purchase of bourbon, rye, and other alcohol made by T.K. Pharmacy from Midwest Liquor Co.
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 78 (October 24, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-65)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 78 (October 24, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-65)
"N.W. JACL District Council to Meet Nov. 22, 23 in Seattle" (p. 1) "Nisei Funeral Director Opens Offices on Jackson Street" (p. 4).
Storefront of Valley Seed Company (ddr-densho-242-23)
img Storefront of Valley Seed Company (ddr-densho-242-23)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "2 Valley Seed Co. photos. Kunezo Hatchimonji in front of his seed store in El Monte, Calif. He operated the store from 1934 to 1942. Live plants shown are from Union Nursery." Caption on reverse: "Anderson Photo Service, Apr. 22, 1936, El Monte, Calif."
Issei man in front of his store (ddr-densho-242-24)
img Issei man in front of his store (ddr-densho-242-24)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Kunezo Hatchimonji in front of his seed store in El Monte, Calif. "
Signed contract (ddr-densho-278-7)
doc Signed contract (ddr-densho-278-7)
A signed contract for "Rentle [sic] of Candy Plant for One year."
A basket shop owner and his family (ddr-densho-299-22)
img A basket shop owner and his family (ddr-densho-299-22)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-48-3062. 23 April 1948 / Living standards in Japan: / This photograph of a Japanese family / is to be used in a S & S feature story / on the difference in living standards / throughout Japan. Mr. T. Kakizawa / (extreme right), directs an employee / in his lacquer basket shop …
Japanese man shaping a glass bowl (ddr-densho-299-48)
img Japanese man shaping a glass bowl (ddr-densho-299-48)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-2856. 23 April 49 / Manufacturing glassware in Japan: / One of the oldest and highly skilled / employees at Hoya Glass Factory, / Tokyo, Japan, uses a pair of shears / to trim off surplus glass as he care- / fully styles a bowl. / Photographer - Girard / Photograph by U.S. …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 7 (August 17, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 7 (August 17, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-33)
Selected article titles: "Evacuation Claims Clarification" (p.1), "Kennedy Asked to Direct IRS Defer Action on Tax Claim" (p.1), "Religious Freedom for U.S. Buddhists" (p.2), "Nisei Rebuffed 20 Years Ago by Bakers Union Voted Head of Retail Bakers Group" (p.4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 21 (November 23, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-47)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 21 (November 23, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-47)
Selected article titles: "Trade Unions Join White House Push to Eliminate Discrimination in Jobs" (p.1-2), "President's Comm. On Equal Employment Opportunity Reviews 19-Month Operation" (p.1), "Japanese History Project on Threshold of $200,000" (p.1), "Small Business Adm. Charters First Nisei Corporation for Operation in Southland" (p.3).
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