I would argue that the majority of Americans would not recognize the lead photo is this blog, “Manzanar“. If you were Japanese-American, on the other hand, I think that you would not have this recognition problem. This is the infamous War Relocation Camp in Owens Valley, California where thousands of Japanese-American citizens were forcibly housed during the war years 1942-1945. It remains a dark stain on our human rights record. Goodbye to Manzanar!
You learn something new every day. I must confess I had never heard of Perla Siedle Gibson a/k/a the “Lady in White“. Read all about her and what she accomplished. This rare photo is unretouched and shows her at dockside in Durban, South Africa c.1942 complete with her megaphone
You walk into an antique shop and what do you see? You see perhaps thousands of items worthy of being called antiques, and you look for that one, special item that simply “calls” to you. So you just have to take it home. Perhaps you go to an animal shelter looking for a pet, and among all of the possibilities there is one special dog or cat. You may not even be able to explain your choice because the selection moves an unconscious part of your brain. So it is with us at DPI when we find a photograph that moves us and separates itself from the thousands that we review weekly. In this blog we present “We’ll Meet Again“. There is no information given to us as to the location or date of this image. Yet within every image there are clues no matter how subtle they may be. We would argue that this photo of a woman at the town well pump was taken in Europe c.1946. Ireland, France, England or maybe none of these countries.
The title we gave to the photo is because to us it is a visual representation of the famous World War II song. We have heard this 1939 song by Vera Lynn many times without taking the time to understand its relevance. This photo taken at a town well pump symbolizes the lyrics in the song.
We have a situation. This recently acquired photograph is very quickly becoming one of our favorites. We have always made great efforts to be as accurate as possible in our caption information, and we have always encouraged our viewers to contact us if information presented is incorrect. According to our information this photograph that we call “Dreamers” (no relation to the Dream Act) was taken in New Jersey in 1947.
It must be remembered that many Japanese cities including Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe were destroyed by fire bombing. Incendiaries. The lead photo, “The Bombing of Japanese Cities: Black Rain”; Japan (1945), shows a destroyed Japanese city. “I was 10 when the B-29 came. My family lived underground for three days. When we came up the city was gone. Then the heat brought rain. Black rain. You made the rain black, and shoved your values down our throats.” Sugai – from the film “Black Rain”.
The calendar says it is 2014, but for me it will forever remain 1968. In addition to the traumatic events which shaped U. S. and world events it was a lifetime compressed into a single year for me. My biography explains this in some detail.