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Japanese Americans preparing shells for jewelry making (ddr-densho-2-50)
img Japanese Americans preparing shells for jewelry making (ddr-densho-2-50)
Kumataro (left) and Kadju Nishimura measure and separate shells to be used in jewelry-making. The Nishimuras woke up at the crack of dawn and dug waist-deep holes to find the shells. The shells were then bleached white and later painted. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake …
Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-2-33)
img Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-2-33)
View of the Tule Lake concentration camp barracks. A rock formation that the inmates called "Castle Rock" can be seen in the background. After obtaining permission to go through the gates, people could climb to the top of the formation.
Japanese Americans digging for shells (ddr-densho-2-48)
img Japanese Americans digging for shells (ddr-densho-2-48)
Left to right: Peggie Yorita, Margaret Frost (wife of one of the camp's teachers), Kumataro Nishimura, and his wife, Kadju, dig and sift for shells at the Tule Lake concentration camp. Kumataro made the sieve by hand from scrap lumber and wire from a door screen. The shells were bleached and used for jewelry-making, which was …
Corsage made of shells (ddr-densho-2-4)
img Corsage made of shells (ddr-densho-2-4)
This corsage pin was made by a Japanese American in camp. The flower petals and leaves are made from various types of shells found at the camp. She used toothbrush bristles dipped in cornmeal for stamens and wound the stems by hand with fine green thread. Wire from screen windows was used to put the pin …
Japanese American making jewelry (ddr-densho-2-61)
img Japanese American making jewelry (ddr-densho-2-61)
Peggie Yorita makes jewelry from shells found at the Tule Lake concentration camp. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake bed, where people found shells for making jewelry to sell to camp personnel. Shells were scarce, and digging became competitive. To beat the rush, some peopel got …
Shells used for jewelry making (ddr-densho-2-51)
img Shells used for jewelry making (ddr-densho-2-51)
Japanese Americans at the Tule Lake concentration camp enjoyed making jewelry from shells, such as the ones shown here, which were found within the confines of the camp. These shells have not yet been bleached. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake bed, where people found shells …
Cross erected by camp inmates (ddr-densho-11-7)
img Cross erected by camp inmates (ddr-densho-11-7)
This cross, erected by inmates at the Tule Lake concentration camp, sits on top of a formation called Castle Rock. It is being approached by pilgrimage attendees.
War Ration book (ddr-densho-25-29)
doc War Ration book (ddr-densho-25-29)
Within the War Relocation Authority Camps, the Office of Price Administration set up a system of War Ration Books. Camp inmates could purchase the books, which contained war ration stamps. The stamps enabled them to purchase items in the army stores in the camps. The purpose of the ration books was to help the war effort …
Exterior of barracks (ddr-densho-35-5)
img Exterior of barracks (ddr-densho-35-5)
These barracks housed Japanese Americans during World War II. There were approximately twelve barracks to a block and six apartments per barracks. Each apartment was 100 x 20 feet and housed one family. The exterior of these barracks have remained virtually untouched since World War II.
Nursery school children singing
img Nursery school children singing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" (ddr-densho-37-166)
Original WRA caption: Nursery school children singing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
Segregants' departure from camp (ddr-densho-37-192)
img Segregants' departure from camp (ddr-densho-37-192)
Original WRA caption: Trouble-makers among 400 alien enemies sent to Santa Fe Internment camp 6-24-45, inside project jail.
Newsreel cameramen in camp (ddr-densho-37-354)
img Newsreel cameramen in camp (ddr-densho-37-354)
Original WRA caption: (L to R) Frank Vail newsreel cameraman for Pathe and Joe Rucker of Paramount photograph boundary markers.
Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-258)
img Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-258)
Original WRA caption: Great originality in costumes was show[n] at the Harvest Festival Parade held at this relocation center.
Hoshidan member (ddr-densho-37-186)
img Hoshidan member (ddr-densho-37-186)
Original WRA caption: Shaved heads, but not shaved faces, were required of the Hokoku as is evidenced by this "alien enemy" sent to Santa Fe Internment Camp June 24, 1945 with 399 other pro-Japan agitators.
Hoshidan members leaving Tule Lake (ddr-densho-37-194)
img Hoshidan members leaving Tule Lake (ddr-densho-37-194)
Original WRA caption: The recalcitrants among the 400 sent to Santa Fe June 24, 1945, leave stockade, in various stages of dress, for march to train.
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