Sunday, September 7, 2008

Takahashi Birds

Yoneguma and Kiyoka Takahashi were among many Japanese-Americans confined in Poston Camp, AZ after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. While in the camp, they participated in a craft class where they learned to carve and paint small birds. After their release from the camp, the Takahashis turned their craft into a family business that continued for 40 years. Yoneguma carved the birds out of white holly wood, starting with a jig saw, then smoothing and sanding the bird. When done, Kiyoka painted the birds (using an Audubon bird book for reference) with watercolors using fine camel hair brushes. 10 coats of lacquer were then applied. A good day's production was 10 birds. The birds were mostly sold via word of mouth, though a couple of department stores (such as Gump's) carried them. Production was mostly lapel pins, but earrings were also made. Price on the birds in the early days was $2, but in the 1980s, the birds sold for $40. Initially more than 100 species were made, both male and female, but eventually about 25 different birds were offered regularly for sale. The grand-daughter of Yoneguma and Kiyoka, Carol Takahashi, has created a website, Takahashi Birds, to honor her grandparents, tell their history, and to give us a glimpse of a time in history that affected many American lives. (via Hanuman, also Image Event)


Linda said...

My mother gave me a Bluebird pin about 45 years ago and I have always wondered who made it. It is perfect and even now the colors are bright and clear. Just tonight I found the history of these pins. It is wonderful to see such a beautiful item coming from a time of such pain. The human spirit is amazing. Thank you for the information. I think I may have to try to collect a small flock of these now.

Anonymous said...

Parrot Perch in Parrot Cages
When you go to a market to get a pet, you think of many times which one to buy or not. There are many reservations which should be kept in mind while buying a pet like indoor or outdoor pet, where to home them, management of your time, feeling of guilty if you remain unable not to give them time. So it is wise to chose a pet which gives you time and which becomes the companion of your loneliness. There are many animals and birds that can make great pet like parrot. A parrot is such an excellent bird and companion that not only makes you feels happy all the time but in a real sense, it provides you companionship. They farewell you when you leave for office and welcome you when you reach home. They need little maintenance and a parrot cages to be kept in.
When you go to buy a parrot cages, don’t forget to purchase such a parrot cages, which has a parrot perch in it. The parrot perch should be a free standing and there should be form and shapes of many sizes of perch in the room where you keep parrot cages. A parrot perch is a stick, which is being set in parrot cages. The purpose of parrot perch in the parrot cage is that parrot is accustomed to sit, eat, drink, bath on parrot perch when it is in its habitat. But once it is caught and put into a parrot cages, it is important to provide it homely atmosphere where it does not feel itself stranger and get accustomed soon. It is meant to copy the branch of a tree where a parrot used to sit when it is free. So parrot perch is an important thing in parrot cages. It is also important to maintain health and happiness of your pet parrot.
You can easily buy a parrot perch at local pet store from where you buy a parrots & parrot cages. Let your storekeeper know your requirement of parrot perch and he will give you the exact same. When you will take perch to home and put them in parrot cages, your parrot will thank you for it. You can take different styles and designs of parrot perch from Internet and make exactly same perch for your parrot.
There are many benefits of parrot having a pet in parrot cage. It is such amodest pet that does not go outside and you don’t need to walk in the room or outside the room. You can sit and talk to it highly interesting things. The parrot will accompany you everywhere. You can teach your parrot many things and he will memorize all these. It is important to note here that you should treat your parrot with kindness, care and love. It will result highly good understanding between you and your pet. Once, you develop good relation with your pet, it will stay with you forever and make you feel proud of having a lovely pet like it.