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TITLE
Suitcase
 
DESCRIPTION
Suitcase

Donald K. Sasaki, [family number] 40571

Metal, blue/black edging. 28 3/8"W x 16 7/8"D x 10 1/2"H
 
CONTEXT
Upon registration for removal to the relocation centers, Japanese Americans were issued a "family number," used from then on the identify themselves and their belongings during removal and internment.

"You could only bring one little suitcase and handcase. They gave you the measurement -- it couldn't be this big or this high. So we didn't know what to expect. We sold all our things within two weeks. Put everything out front, sold my wedding presents and furniture for fifteen cents, twenty-five cents, and went into camp."
Lili Sasaki, in Beyond Words: Image from America's Concentration Camps
 
CREDIT
Donald K. Sasaki
Courtesy of National Japanese American Historical Society