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TITLE
Duffel bag
 
DESCRIPTION
Duffel bag

"IMADA 40204" [family number]
Gila River Camp.

Canvas bag. Black letters, red numbers.
 
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.

"When we entered Poston, we were only allowed a seventy-five pound or something dufflebag. I still have it upstairs. It has a number on it. You don't go by the name at that time, just a number. My wife carried seventy-five pounds. My father, my mother, my brother -- each carried seventy-five pounds."
Gene Sokioga, in Beyond Words: Images from America's Concentration Camps
 
CREDIT
Courtesy of Kinji Imada