Tanagi Collection


The Tanagi collection, circa 1930s, features the leisure and business activities of the Japanese American community of Green Lake, an area located in North Seattle. Prior to World War II, the Tanagi family leased a farm on what is now a commercial shopping mall. These photos were also used in the book, The Green Lake Japanese American Community, 1900-1942.



43 photographic prints, black and white


Courtesy of the Tanagi Family Collection

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43 Objects

Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-136-2)
img Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-136-2)
Members of the Green Lake Seinenkai (young people's club), a social club primarily for nisei in their teens and twenties. This club organized athletic, cultural, and social activities such as formal dances (pictured here).
Family farm (ddr-densho-136-5)
img Family farm (ddr-densho-136-5)
This family leased a farm at 4657 Union Bay Place in the University District of Seattle. They grew vegetables which were sold at the Public Market at various produce wholesale houses.
Group gathering at the beach (ddr-densho-136-7)
img Group gathering at the beach (ddr-densho-136-7)
Back row (L to R): Chuck Kambe, Henry Shimizu, Teruo Tada, Aya Tanagi, Satoko Abe, Toshiko Fukano, George Fukano. Front row (L to R): Kaun Abe, Nobuo Tanagi, Mae Shimizu, George Tanagi, Sayo Tanagi, Ko Abe, Mac Sasaki.
Farmhouse (ddr-densho-136-9)
img Farmhouse (ddr-densho-136-9)
This farmhouse, owned by the Tanagi family, was located in North Seattle, on land that is now a commercial shopping mall.
Group outing at Mt. Rainier (ddr-densho-136-10)
img Group outing at Mt. Rainier (ddr-densho-136-10)
This outing was organized by the Seinenkai, or Young People's Club. (L to R): Tak Nakawatase, Lily Yasui, Ko Abe, Tadashi Kumagai.

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