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Japanese Americans entering mess hall

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ddr-densho-151-359 (Legacy UID: denshopd-i151-00359)

Dorothea Lange Collection

Original caption: San Bruno, California. Supper time: Meal times are the big events of the day at the assembly centers. This is a line-up of evacuees waiting for the "B" shift at 5:45 pm. They carry with them their own dishes and cutlery in bags to protect them from the dust. They themselves, wash their own dishes after each meal since the facilities in the mess halls proved inadequate. Most of the residents prefer this shift because sometimes they get second helpings. But the groups are rotated each week. There are eighteen mess halls at this camp that accomodate together, 8,ooo persons three times a day. All meals are prepared and served by evacuees.

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