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Goodbye my son

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

Goodbye my son
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H: 26.25 in, W: 32.5 in, D: .75 in

Denson, Ark., ca. 1942


Gift of Madeleine Sugimoto and Naomi Tagawa, Japanese American National Museum


Stretched and unframed.

Image of soldier saying goodbye to parents at Block 23, Mess Hall. Elderly mother in brown dress and white apron hugs her son in uniform as the father dressed in blue puts his arms around them and grasps son's hand. Son looks directly at viewer. "Block 23" sign appears in left lower corner. In the background, a woman carries a basket of laundry in front of barracks on the left; at right a soldier stands at back of pink truck marked "WRA" saying goodbye to parents standing on ground. Behind stands a mess hall. In the distance a watchtower with a soldier rises above the buildings.

Signed in medium, bottom right corner: H. Sugimoto Written on back, top left corner: "Goodbye My Son" ; top left: 32 1/2" x 26"

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