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[P.F.C. Chester F. Allen, 10-8-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[P.F.C. Chester F. Allen, 10-8-42]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., October 8, 1942


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


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 3.875 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portrait of a man, Private First Class Chester F. Allen of Fort Worth, Texas medical department, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on October 8, 1942. Allen is a Caucasian man with a receding hair line. He is turned left three-quarters view and looks to left edge. He is dressed in a button-down shirt open at the neck. Visible from shoulders up.

1 newspaper clipping, "Intani no sakuhinten, juichigatsu tsuitachi, shoko de kaisai," October 19, 1973.

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 on image, bottom right corner: 10-8-42. Written in black ink below image: P.F. Chester F. Allen / Fort Worth Texas / Med. Dept. Stamped in blue ink on newspaper clipping, top right corner: OCT. 19, 1973.

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