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537752_2020VanNess.2.SF Japanese American Internment 1942/2010 | by jonvoss
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537752_2020VanNess.2.SF Japanese American Internment 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. Like so many of Lange's photos, this amazing photograph perfectly captures the feelings of her subject, as she embarks on an unknown and unwilling journey. I was unable to line up the background buildings just right due to the different film formats, but the building in the background is the same building, but it has had another floor added. You can also see the newer yellow condo on the left.


The original captions states: "San Francisco, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry arriving at the Wartime Civil Control Administration station to await evacuation bus which will take them to the Assembly center."


The photo at the National Archives:

National Archives Identifier: 537752

Local Identifier: 210-G-C432

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