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John D. O'Bryan, Sgt., San Diego, Calif., 8-13-42

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

John D. O'Bryan, Sgt., San Diego, Calif., 8-13-42
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., 1942


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 male Caucasian officers at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico, John D. O'Bryan (frontal) and Roy B. Head, Jr. (profile), August 13, 1942 and August 11, 1942, respectively. Both drawings have black line border.
Left portrait of Sargent John D. O'Bryan of San Diego, California. O'Bryan looks directly at the viewer. He is dressed in a button-down shirt, has a slight double-chin, wavy hair on top, and furrowed brow.
Right portrait of Staff Sargent Roy B. Head, Jr of Gainesville, Texas, a 31 year-old bookkeeper. Facing right in three-quarter view, Head wears pith helmet and uniform with sargent patches visible on both sleeves of button-down shirt.

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 pencil below left image: John D. O'Bryan / Sgt. / San Diego, Calif. Written in black ink below left image: 8-13-42. Written in pencil below right image: Roy B. Head, Jr. / S/Sgt. / Gainesville, Texas / age 31 / bookkeeper, 8-11-42 Written in black ink below right image: 8-11-42. Written in pencil, top left corner: 165.

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