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Maker(s):Kageyama Kōyō
Culture:Japanese (1907-1981)
Title:Air Defense Hoods
Date Made:1945-03-20
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:Sheet: 14 x 11"; Image: 13 x 9.75"
Accession Number:  AC 2014.60
Credit Line:Museum purchase with gift of funds from Scott H. Nagle (Class of 1985) in honor of Samuel C. Morse, Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
The residents of Tokyo were directed by the government to make padded hoods out of kimonos and used clothes for protection from fire and falling debris in the event of aerial bombardment. While those hoods offered little or no actual protection, the Kageyama family complied with the order, and Kageyama Kōyō’s mother took apart her kimonos to fashion hoods for her grandchildren. Like many children, they were fascinated by trains, and just before they were to be evacuated from the city they went out one last time to look at the commuter trains near their house. Of course they wore their hoods.

Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015

urban; children; trains; transportation; bridges; fashion; wars

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