[Pvt Melbem Bishop, 10-8--42]
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Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada
2 drawings on paper, laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 3.875 x 3 in., right image 3.875 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.
Ink portraits of two caucasian men, Melbern Bishop and Allen L. Bonner, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on October 8, 1942. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Melbern Bishop, United States Army Private, Quartermaster detachment from Oluster, Oklahoma. Bishop gazes directly at viewer. He has a square jaw, short, wavy hair combed back, and wears a button-down shirt with pockets open at neck. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Allen L. Bonner, Unitde States Army Sergeant, Medical department of Gilmer, Texas. Bonner is turned to the left and looks to the left of the viewer. His hair is combed to the proper left. He wears a button-down shirt with pockets. 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 on left image, bottom right corner: 10-8-42. Written in black ink below left image: Pvt Melbern Bishop / q.M. Det / Oluster Okla. Written in black ink on right image, bottom right corner: 10-8-42. Written in black ink below right image: Sgt. Alton L. Bonner / Gilmer, Texas / Med. Dept.
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