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536059_2020VanNess.SF Let Our Team Take it From Here 1942/2010 | by jonvoss
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536059_2020VanNess.SF Let Our Team Take it From Here 1942/2010

The original photo was taken on April 6, 1942 by documentary photographer Dorothea Lange. Lange heavily documented the Japanese American Internment of World War II, and her photographs told the story of the many American citizens detained against their will until January of 1945. The original photo captures the uncertainty of a boy whose life is being disrupted, and being taken to an unknown place for an unknown length of time. I could scarcely believe the irony of finding this sign for a Jiffy Lube in the exact location of this photo.


The original captions states: "San Francisco, California. An early comer arrives with personal effects at 2020 Van Ness Avenue as part of the contingent of 664 residents of Japanese ancestry, first to be evacuated from San Francisco on April 6, 1942. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.."


The photo at the National Archives:

National Archives Identifier: 536059

Local Identifier: 210-G-A84

Creator(s): Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. (02/16/1944 - 06/30/1946) (Most Recent)

From: Series : Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority, compiled 1942 - 1945

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This photo was captured using the LookBackMaps iPhone app photo overlay feature, which allows you to explore historic photos in person, and view historic photos over your camera view. You can see this photo mapped at 2020 Van Ness here.

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Taken on December 29, 2010