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Joseph Mesmer, Mary Franklin and Kay Sugahara at the banquet at the Kawafuku Cafe for the 2nd annual Nisei festival, Los Angeles, 1935
Date Created and/or Issued
August 13, 1935
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
The first year of the Nisei festival was 1934. The term Nisei was used to signify the second generation, or American-born Japanese who were American citizens. The festival is now [2012] known as Nisei Week. In 1935 the second annual Nisei festival included a banquet, fashion shows, an ondo (folk dance), kendo contests, a pageant tracing Japanese history, flower and tea ceremonies and a parade.
Joseph Mesmer (left), Mary Franklin and Kay Sugahara on the night of the banquet of the Nisei festival at the Kawafuku Cafe (then located at the intersection of S. Los Angeles St., E. 1st St. and Weller). Mesmer and Franklin wear ribbons of the Pioneers of Los Angeles County. The banquet honored members of this historical society and prominent elder members of the Los Angeles Japanese community. Joseph Mesmer was a guest of honor at the Nisei festival [Los Angeles Times 8/13/1935].
Joseph Mesmer wears the same suit and award ribbon in a photograph taken at the Nisei festival banquet on 8/13, 1935, published in the Los Angeles Times on 8/14/1936.
Handwritten on negative: Joseph Mesmer, Mrs. Mary Franklin, Kay Sugahara, 8/2/1935
Text from negative sleeve: 1739, Joseph Mesmer, Mrs. Mary Franklin, Kay Sugahara, Chinese Festival, 8/2/35, [stamped;] AUG 28 1935
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Festivals--California--Los Angeles
Historical Society of Southern California and of the Pioneers of Los Angeles County
Sugahara, Kay, 1909-1988
Nisei Week (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Franklin, Mary, 1847-1943
Kawafuku (Restaurant : Los Angeles, Calif.)
Mesmer, Joseph, 1855-1947
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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