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Dorothea Lange: Japanese American Grocer
photographer QS:P170,Q230673
Japanese American Grocer
English: A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store, at 13th and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war. Oakland, California
Depicted place Oakland, California
Date Taken in 
Medium 1 photographic print: gelatin silver.
institution QS:P195,Q131454
Accession number
  • DIGITAL ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3a24566
  • CALL NUMBER: LOT 1801 [item] [P&P]
  • REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-23602 (b&w film copy neg.)
  • CONTROL #: 2004665381
  • Original caption misidentified location of store as being at "13th and Franklin streets". Business directories, order forms and telephone directories list address of Wanto Co. store as 401 - 403 Eighth and Franklin Streets. (Source: researcher R. Yee, Oakland Museum of California, 2017)
  • No. A-35.
  • Original negative is at the National Archives and Records Administration, NARA # 210-G-A35.
  • Published in: Dorothea Lange : American photographs / Therese Thau Heyman, Sandra S. Phillips, John Szarkowski. San Francisco : San Francisco Museum of Modern Art : Chronicle Books, c1994, plate 87.
  • Published in: Executive order 9066: the internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans [by] Maisie & Richard Conrat. Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press for the California Historical Society [1972]
  • Print not found in FSA-OWI J7647 or LOT 1801, 2004.
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