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Japanese Canadian Historical collection
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[Images from disassembled photo album]

Notes from seller read: "7 related real photo postcards, 3 larger photographs, and 2 small snapshots of Japanese [Canadians] in Vancouver and Ocean Falls. Vancouver, 1936. Most of the postcards are probably produced by Columbia Studio at 313 Main Street, Vancouver as well as Main Studio on 204 Main Street. One postcard is dated 1936, and the others date from the same period. Some of the images are annotated in Japanese on the back. Some bits of identification (white ink description on black album paper) are included with the photos....The photo postcard of the two men in "skirts", judging from the housing and hilly background might not be Vancouver, but Ocean Falls. The photo is taken in British Columbia, and has a Made in Canada divided back. They show two Sumo wrestlers, who represent 2 wrestling groups "studios". The image with the rising sun stated Early Morning Sun Streak. The other states: Association of One Heart 7 weeks Commemorations. I have never seen images of Japanese Canadian Sumo wrestlers in Canada."

[Images from suspected internment camps]

Notes from seller read: "I recently acquired these images in Vancouver. Although no photographer is noted, these photos were taken during World War [sic], judging by the clothing and jackets. I suspect that because there are families depicted, it is quite possible these two photos were taken at Lemon Creek Internment Camp, in the Slocan, which is where Japanese [Canadian] families were kept. The winter conditions could also match that of the Slocan. Note the wooden structure. It is very similar to the ones depicted on this reliable website. Another possibility is that the photo was taken of the camp at Tashme, but I am less certain of this. You will note that on the left, some circular wreaths are being held up by older women, and the children have some pom poms or other decorations in their hands. I can only guess at the occasion, but a death cannot be ruled out. What is significant is that white flowers and white decorations are depicted. White is used to commemorate/signify death in Japanese culture, just as it is for Chinese culture."

Japanese Canadian Historical collection

  • MsC- 215
  • Collection
  • [ca.1908-1945?]

This collection consists of 15 photographs, as well as a postcard. Subject matter is pertaining to Japanese Canadians in the decades leading up to, and including, the Second World War. Content has been divided into 2 identifiable series: Photographs (ca.1925-1945?) and Correspondence (1908).

[Man in Navy uniform with Union Jack flag, standing on a boat named "Kuroshima No. 2"]

Multiple stamps and reference numbers on front and back of photo. A paper with text is glued to the reverse, reading: "634822…New York Bureau. Canada rounds up Jap fishing vessels. Canada--A few hours after Canada went to war with Japan, the Canadian Navy was rounding up all Pacific coast fishing craft operated by persons of Japanese origin. It has now been announced that these craft, tied up at Steveston, on Vancouver Island, will be leased or bought from their owners and operated by white fishermen. The seizure of boats was done on a friendly basis. Here, the Union Jack goes up on one of the Japanese fishing vessels immobilized by the Canadian Navy. Jap fishermen will not be allowed to operate during the war. Credit (Official Canadian Navy photo from ACME) Full DJH LV FTW SF 1-21-42 (SA)