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[Rafu Shimpo English section holiday issue cover : Joe Yamagawa]

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[Rafu Shimpo English section holiday issue cover : Joe Yamagawa]
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photograph | negative

Los Angeles, Calif., December 1950


Photograph by Toyo Miyatake Studio, Gift of the Alan Miyatake Family


1 photographic print : b&w; : 5 x 7 in.

1 negative : b&w; ; 5 x 7 in.

Published in Rafu Shimpo, December 20, 1950.

Three-quarter length portrait of Sergeant Joe Yamagawa, a veteran of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, standing in profile dressed in uniform with rifle and a collage of images intended for Rafu Shimpo's English section holiday issue cover, but was part of a collage inside of cover, Los Angeles, California, December 1950.
1P: Facing right, Yamagawa wears white belt, helmet and ascot with dress uniform; insignia on proper right shoulder above rank stripes. Original image appears to have been flipped.
2P: Collage of images including central image of a woman dressed as an angel under "Peace on Earth" sign from Christamas parade (, Christmas parade sleigh (96.267.86_) at top right corner, Yamagawa portrait (96.267.85_1) at center right, boys' choir at center left, and newspaper headlines at bottom.

Typed on original negative envelope: Rafu English Section cover Photo.

Mr. Yamagawa was chosen because he resembled Sadao Munemori, in appearance. These photographs were also used for the statue of the memorial tower at Evergreen cemetery.

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