Fishing and canneries

Japanese Americans found work at salmon canneries along the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington, and their labor was welcomed in Alaskan towns such as Ketchikan and Petersburg as early as the 1890s. They traveled by ship to the cannery towns, where they slowly developed small communities whose population swelled with the yearly arrival of workers. Issei (Japanese immigrant) entrepreneurs started the oyster industry from scratch in Puget Sound. Japanese American oyster farms became thriving businesses before World War II.

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Canned salmon (ddr-densho-15-89)
img Canned salmon (ddr-densho-15-89)
The cans of salmon have been set out to cool after being cooked and cleaned.
Man next to oyster delivery truck (ddr-densho-39-47)
img Man next to oyster delivery truck (ddr-densho-39-47)
Japanese Americans were active in oyster farming in the Puget Sound area before World War II.
Oyster processing building (ddr-densho-39-21)
img Oyster processing building (ddr-densho-39-21)
Original museum description: Photograph, black and white glossy of a building on pilings in the water. It was used in the oyster business. This could be at Willapa Bay in southwestern Washington. Some fingerprint and gray mark on photo. (Info from original museum description)
Three oyster farmers (ddr-densho-39-49)
img Three oyster farmers (ddr-densho-39-49)
Japanese Americans were active in oyster farming in the Puget Sound area before World War II.
Oyster farm living quarters (?) (ddr-densho-39-50)
img Oyster farm living quarters (?) (ddr-densho-39-50)
Japanese Americans were active in oyster farming in and around the Puget Sound area before World War II.
New Washington Oyster company truck (ddr-densho-39-23)
img New Washington Oyster company truck (ddr-densho-39-23)
Original museum description: Photograph, black and white glossy of a building of an oyster farm complex and a truck backed into the doorway of the building. The truck's sign says "New Washington Brand Oysters." The photo has a smudge mark on the building's roof and is turning brown. This might be at Willapa Bay in southwestern …
New Washington company truck (ddr-densho-39-24)
img New Washington company truck (ddr-densho-39-24)
Before World War II, Japanese Americans worked in the oyster farming business in the Puget Sound area.
Tugboat used in oyster farming (ddr-densho-39-22)
img Tugboat used in oyster farming (ddr-densho-39-22)
Original museum description: Photograph, black and white glossy of a tugboat with a tow line slowing pulling something (a barge?). There is someone standing in the boat. There is a forest in the background. Photo has turned brown. There are spots on the photo. This might possibly be Willapa Bay in southwest Washington at an oyster …
New Washington Oyster Company (ddr-densho-39-48)
img New Washington Oyster Company (ddr-densho-39-48)
Japanese Americans were active in oyster farming in the Puget Sound area before World War II.
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