1st Street, Little Tokyo, 1941. Oh I see a before and after photo comparison written all over this one. ;-)
News of Pearl Harbor's attack, Little Tokyo, 1941
1st Street, Little Tokyo, 1941
Photo was taken the day after the Pearl Harbor attack.
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March, 1942. Final sales before the relocation of Japanese to the camps.
Little Tokyo, 1942. The caption reads "Standing in the almost deserted 'Little Tokyo' Mrs. Jack Iwata surveys a typical sign for sale of an unneeded incendiary bomb spray gun in the rush to close out stock before evacuation." I know where this is located, this also begs for a before and after photo comparison.
Boarding buses for Santa Anita racetrack, 1942. The stables at Santa Anita were converted into temporary barracks to house the Japanese before being sent to Manzanar and the other relocation camps.
Vacant 1st Street shops in Little Tokyo after the relocation. Little Tokyo would go through a period called "Bronzeville" during the duration of WWII.
Both photos from the LAPL