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Rare Historical Photos of Japanese Evacuation in San Francisco during WWII

Japanese civilians evacuated California and Arizona for assembly centers in Oregon, California, and Washington during World War II. These historical photos show preparing for evacuation, travelling to centers, registering at Wartime Civil Administration control stations. The images also show the daily activities of families at the centers, views of center facilities, and federal officials and military personnel working on the relocation program.

#1 Japanese Americans using postal service at Puyallup Assembly Center for letters and packages.

Japanese Americans using postal service at Puyallup Assembly Center for letters and packages.

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#2 Construction crews are still on the job at Puyallup Assembly Center, though from the wash lines the evacuees are there too.

Construction crews are still on the job at Puyallup Assembly Center, though from the wash lines the evacuees are there too.

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#3 Rafters from barrack buildings make convenient extensions for a clothesline at Puyallup Assembly Center.

Rafters from barrack buildings make convenient extensions for a clothesline at Puyallup Assembly Center.

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#4 Transfer of the evacuees from the Assembly Centers to War Relocation Centers was conducted by the Army.

Transfer of the evacuees from the Assembly Centers to War Relocation Centers was conducted by the Army.

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#5 Evacuees boarding a special train at Santa Anita (California) Assembly Center enroute to a War Relocation Center.

Evacuees boarding a special train at Santa Anita (California) Assembly Center enroute to a War Relocation Center.

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#6 Eevacuation – a family starts for the bus that will take them from the control station to the train depot.

Eevacuation - a family starts for the bus that will take them from the control station to the train depot.

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#7 Evacuation – Two Japanese boys, one with strip “Remember Pearl Harbor” on his hat, wave good-bye [while] awaiting the bus.

Evacuation - Two Japanese boys, one with strip "Remember Pearl Harbor" on his hat, wave good-bye [while] awaiting the bus.

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#8 Other evacuees were transported from their residence areas to assembly centers by train / Signal Corps U.S. Army.

Other evacuees were transported from their residence areas to assembly centers by train / Signal Corps U.S. Army.

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#9 At work on camouflage nets at the Japanese internment camp in Santa Anita, California.

At work on camouflage nets at the Japanese internment camp in Santa Anita, California.

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#10 Three interned Japanese men sitting by a wooden building with the words “The Waldorf Astoria” written over the doorway.

Three interned Japanese men sitting by a wooden building with the words "The Waldorf Astoria" written over the doorway.

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#11 Evacuees enjoying a hearty meal in Center dining hall / U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Evacuees enjoying a hearty meal in Center dining hall / U.S. Army Signal Corps.

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#12 The attention of a dentist was part of the medical care afforded evacuees, licensed dentists amoung the evacuees performing this service.

The attention of a dentist was part of the medical care afforded evacuees, licensed dentists amoung the evacuees performing this service.

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#13 Waitresses in natty blue uniforms line up before taking up their duties in the mess hall / U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Waitresses in natty blue uniforms line up before taking up their duties in the mess hall / U.S. Army Signal Corps.

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#14 A large group of Japanese American detainees at an assembly center awaiting transportation to a relocation center.

A large group of Japanese American detainees at an assembly center awaiting transportation to a relocation center.

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#15 Several Japanese American women, detainees at an assembly center, washing clothes in large galvanized washtubs.

Several Japanese American women, detainees at an assembly center, washing clothes in large galvanized washtubs.

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