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Catalog Number 2005.014.001-.002
Description Ashtray and Stand Made by Seiichiro Ishida at Topaz Internment Camp, c. 1942-1945. Ashtray stand made of found objects at Topaz internment camp by Seiichiro Ishida, donor's father. The stand is made of wood (probably found driftwood) and is carved like the shape of a body of a giraffe with a long neck, and legs and the head of a bird including a beak. It is related to the glass ashtray (.2), which sits on top of carved wooden stand (.1). (.1) At the top, the wooden stand is connected to a wooden square with a hole shaped like a circle where the glass ashtray sits. The wooden stand also has a wooden shaped block that holds the end of the wooden stand's feet are. The wooden stand is painted in brown throughout. Towards the end of the stand, all three of its legs each have small metal nails through it. At the back of the wooden shaped block that holds the end of the wooden stand, the wood appears to be unfinished with two metal nails holding the wooden block with the end of the wooden stand. (.2) The glass ashtray is multi-layered, yellow and is shaped like a circle. The design of the glass ashtray is three yellow curves of a single circle with three holes that separate the curves.
Object Name Stand
Collection 3D - Household Accessories
Title Ashtray and Stand Made by Seiichiro Ishida at Topaz Internment Camp, c. 1942-1945
Date c. 1942-1945
Creator Ishida, Seiichiro
Role Wood-carver
Inscription Text none
Provenance Made by Seiichiro Ishida, donor's father, while at Topaz Interment Camp
Notes "The Central Utah Relocation Center (Topaz) Site, also referred to as the Topaz Relocation Center or Topaz, was located in west central Utah just north of the town of Delta and 140 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. Topaz was one of 10 relocation centers constructed in the United States during World War II for the purpose of detaining Japanese Americans and people of Japanese descent. More than 11,000 people passed through the center and, at its peak, it housed over 8,000 internees...The Central Utah Relocation Center officially opened on September 11, 1942. The camp had a one square mile central area consisting of 42 blocks with 12 barracks in each, housing 250 to 300 internees. Each block also had a recreation room, combination washroom-toilet-laundry building, a central dining hall, and an office for the block manager. The barracks were constructed of pine planks covered with tarpaper with sheetrock on the inside walls for insulation. Each barrack unit was simply furnished with pot-bellied stoves, army cots, blankets, and mattress covers. The barracks were barely ready when the evacuees moved into the center and many of them helped to finish the construction and built their own furniture." (
Dimensions H-22 W-9 D-9 inches
Dimension Details (.002) 5.20 x 5.20 x 2.25
Search Terms Furniture
Household Decor
Household Goods
Japanese Americans - Topaz
Japanese Internment
Subjects Japanese internment
Stands (Furniture)
People Ishida, Seiichiro