03 January 2013

Internment camp letters found in Denver building

Image as appeared with original article
It never ceases to amaze me what documents and other treasures are still “found” in the walls of buildings or stored in attics and basements!  Sometimes you might figure that someone wanted to hide the items and other times we know that old newspapers were used for insulation.  

This AP article, by Colleen Slevin in artdaily.org’s blog, “Internment camp letters, where 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry lived, found in Denver building” talks about just such a find.

DENVER (AP).- Some letters arriving from Japanese-American internment camps during World War II were very specific, asking for a certain brand of bath powder, cold cream or cough drops — but only the red ones. Others were just desperate for anything from the outside world.

"Please don't send back my check. Send me anything," one letter said from a California camp on April 19, 1943.

The letters, discovered recently during renovations at a former Denver pharmacy owned by Japanese-Americans, provide a glimpse into life in some of the 10 camps where 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry, including U.S. citizens, from the West Coast were forced to live during the war ...

Do read the full article.

Has this happened in your community, where the demolition or remodeling of a building has revealed a hidden treasure trove of documents from an important time in history or which have great significance to those researching ancestors?




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