Wooden Pin, "Tosh"

Wooden Pin, "Tosh"

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Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during WWII often turned to art and crafts to take their minds off of the imprisonment, and express themselves creatively. Many art schools, clubs, and classes started popping up throughout many of the camps to accommodate and provide for this want. It was a great way for many Japanese Americans to pass much of the large amounts of spare time they had while imprisoned, and many prisoners developed extraordinary artistic skills. This wooden carving is a small pin with the name "Tosh" engraved in it. "Tosh" is short for Toshi Ito, the mother of Judge Lance Allen Ito. This small pin is a showing of the Japanese American spirit, and the bravery they had while incarcerated.
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Object Name
date made
mid. 1940s
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 3/4 in; 3.175 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Toshi Ito
Japanese Americans
World War II
Japanese American Internment
World War II
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Japanese American
Executive Order 9066
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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