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Photographs of San Francisco's Chinatown, Taken by James Wong Howe, 1944
BANC PIC 1996.014 -- PIC  
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Series Description

 

Series 1: Chinese Americans—Working, No. 1-2

 

Series 2: Chinese Americans—Women, No. 3-8

 

Series 3: Chinese Americans—Men, No. 9-13

 

Series 4: Chinese Americans—Children, No. 14-22

 

Series 5: Chinese Americans—Miscellaneous, No. 23-29

Container Listing

 

Series 1: Chinese Americans -- Working.

 

:1 [Men at newspaper press, Chinese Times. Paper in photograph dated March 8, 1944.]

 

:2 [Men at newspaper press, Chinese Times. Paper in photograph dated March 8, 1944.]

 

Series 2: Chinese Americans -- Women.

 

:3 [Telephone operator.]

 

:4 [Typist.]

 

:5 [Woman at desk.]

 

:6 [Nurse and woman weighing infant.]

 

:7 [Construction worker in locker room.]

 

:8 [Construction workers on site.]

 

Series 3: Chinese Americans -- Men.

 

:9 [Man leaving office of the Consulate General of the Republic of China.]

 

:10 Chinatown's American Legion, Cathay Post, No. 384, has veterans of both this & the last wars. Present membership of 450 includes holder of the Croix de Guerre & the Distinguished Service Cross. After war, enrollment is expected to pass 1,500.*

 

:11 Pin-ups provoke the same soldier emotions in any language. Note how girls' legs have been elongated.*

 

:12 [Fong Fong Hoo, owner of ice cream parlor, decorating cake. Cf. No. 26.]

 

:13 [Artist.]

 

Series 4: Chinese Americans -- Children.

 

:14 Girl Scouts have two troops in Chinatown. Ruby Kimlau, daughter of American Legion Post Commander.*

 

:15 [Girl and teacher at blackboard.]

 

:16 [Teacher with pupils at blackboard.]

 

:17 [Pupils writing at desks.]

 

:18 [Pupils writing at desks.]

 

:19 [Pupils writing at desks.]

 

:20 [Boys making kites.]

 

:21 [Boys with basketball. Clay Street playground.]

 

:22 [Beverly Chang, four years old, with ice cream cone.]*

 

Series 5: Chinese Americans -- Miscellaneous.

 

:23 [Man and woman on sofa.]

 

:24 [Woman with infant at child care center.]

 

:25 Sunday afternoon at the Shee Wong Chan's is much like that of any other American family. Grandpa Chan is well established behind the Sunday papers, as are his grandchlidren.*

 

:26 Like other American boys they patronize ice cream parlors. Owner is Fong Fong Hoo.*

 

:27 [Party at dining table.]

 

:28 [Unidentified hand with chopsticks.]

 

:29 Customer at pawnbroker's shop remains hidden, slips camera through window for the Chinese consider it a disgrace to pawn anything.*