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[Honolulu merchant, age 53]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Honolulu merchant, age 53]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., 1942-1943


Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada


2 drawings on paper, lined and laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 3.875 x 2.75 in., right image 3.875 x 2.75 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, including Matsumoto Yozaemon, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of a 53 year-old Honolulu, Hawaii merchant originally from Yamaguchi, Japan. Three-quarter view of a thin, balding man in a button-down shirt looking toward the right. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Yozaemon Matsumoto, a 50 year-old Honolulu, Hawaii resident originally from Fukushima, Japan. Dressed in button down shirt and glasses. Hair is parted on his proper left. He looks to left of viewer. Visible from shoulders up.

Hoshida was one of the seven to nine hundred Japanese Americans in Hawaii who were incarcerated in Justice Department internment camps. He was acutely aware of the importance of recording his experiences through the pen and ink drawings and watercolors he made during his incarceration in five different locations. While Hoshida did not attempt to make any overt commentary on the interment, his drawings and sketches provide a continuous and detailed account of daily activities and his long journey from Hilo, Hawaii, to the desert of Arizona.

Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese): Yamaguchiken Kugagun [unreadable] / [unreadable] Jitsuto Morifuji / Hawai Honorurushi Bingugai 1816 / Shobyo 53 sai. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Fukushimaken Adachigun Ohiramura aza Shinden / Hawai Oafu Honoruru / Matsumoto Yozaemon 50 sai. Written in pencil below left image: B7 7-30. Written in pencil below right image: B7. Written in pencil, top left corner: 130.

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