Northern District

Pacific Electric and World War II Hysteria, Part 2

Posted on: July 9, 2017 by Pacific Electric 2 Comments
Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Collection

By Ralph Cantos

In this photo from March 1942, Pacific Electric cars 1373 and 1375 are seen at the Santa Anita Racetrack. The Japanese-American gentleman in the foreground seems a little bewildered as he waits to be registered. Almost every one of the evacuation trains utilized at least one combo to handle the baggage and worldly belongingss that the "evacuees" could bring with them. In most cases, these Americans lost just about everything they owned except for the clothes on their backs.

Ralph Cantos Collection

2 Responses

  1. L Okamura

    October 25, 2017

    thank you so much for finding these historical photographs. My family had been incarcerated in the concentration camps in Arizona and Texas during WWII. Thank you again.

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  2. Daniel Friend

    October 25, 2017

    Definitely a dark blotch on our history, perpetuated solely by fear

    Reply

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