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[Capt. Robert C. Doler, 1-9-43]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Capt. Robert C. Doler, 1-9-43]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., 1943


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


1 drawing on paper, laminated : ink ; iimage 3.75 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portrait of a caucasian man, Captain Robert C. Doler of Plains Dealing, Louisiana at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico, on January 9, 1943. Black line border. Doler wears a coat with wide lapels over uniform and a "crusher" style officer's cap with visor, chinstrap and eagle on front. and a jacket over uniform. He is turned three-quarters view to the right. His head is inclined as he looks down through wire-rimmed glasses on a long nose to the bottom right.

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: 1-9-43. Written in black ink below image: Capt. Robert C. Doler / Plains Dealing, La. Written in pencil, top left corner: 164.

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