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Here is one of Mace's photos that was clearly shot, and meant to be used, to entice Japanese Americans still in confinement to consider the glories of freedom on the outside. Showing two smiling, beautiful "Nisei girls" who were once confined in the WRA camp known as Amache, Colorado, on a Chicago beach in 1943: what potential Japanese American resettler, man or woman, could see this and not be moved to request immediate release?

Another freedom of considerable importance to the young feminine mind in America is the freedom to shop for and wear pretty clothes. These two Nisei girls, evacuees from the west coast and recently relocated from the relocation center at Granada, Colorado, are again enjoying that privilege. They are shown here sporting their new swim suits on a Chicago beach. Both girls are employed as secretaries in the city. They are, standing, Sueko Kiguche; seated, Suisie Hattori. -- Photographer: Mace, Charles E. -- Chicago, Illinois. 8/13/42.

Courtesy of WRA no -32, War Relocation Authority Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement, BANC PIC 1967.014--PIC, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

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