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A Japanese American family on their way to internment at Santa Anita.
Someone is going to an internment camp - or arriving at the camp at Santa Anita.
Well, I feel so trivial now. I was going to say someone setting up to spend the night on Colorado Blvd before the Rose Parade.
Now I'm having 2nd thoughts about my answer since it seems more likely that the Japanese Americans would be taken in military vehicles or under military control. And, besides, they wouldn't want "the enemy" to have access to wheels. Maybe they are on their way home after internment. (But then that makes me wonder how they got the car.)By the way, I saw a fantastic short film called Half Kenneth about two Hapa (half-Japanese, half-Caucasian) boys who become orphans while in an internment camp.
I was hoping SC had the final answer. Now, I'm praying.
My guess is that this is one of the more than 600 Japanese-Americans assembled at the Rose Bowl who left before dawn on March 23rd 1942 in a huge convoy heading for Manzanar, with almost 200 driving their own vehicles.
Susan, I forgot to say thanks for giving me the clue about internment (if I'm right, that is). It's interesting they let them drive their own cars, isn't it?
Bellis, that's really interesting about 200 families driving their own cars to Manzanar.
So do Bellis and Susan split the fabulous prize? We'll have to wait 'til tomorrow to find out.
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