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Handmade box from Canadian internment camp

Museum Work

Resource TypeObjects
Date of Creation1941
GenreDaily Life & Household
Object ID2011.009.001
CreatorUnknown internee
Place of CreationCanada
Place of Creation NoteCreated in a Canadian internment camp
DescriptionBox constructed from cardboard covered in blue cotton denim fabric with red fabric circle inset on lid. Latch to secure shut. Birch bark (likely paper) added to interior of box. 
Materials/Techniquescardboard covered in cotton denim
Measurements6 x 9 x 3 cm
InscriptionsHandwritten inside: Made by REFUGEE from NAZI oppression Canada. 1941
Method of ConstructionThe box was hand made by an unknown internee to replicate the uniform the internees were forced to wear.
ProvenanceGifted to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in 2011 by Gerry Waldston 
Classificationstorage boxes, handmade
Legal Statuspermanent collection
Note“It’s cute, it’s well done and people had time. That’s one thing we had, lots of time to do things, to keep busy with, to make, to spend our time profitably. […] It [the box] captures a year and a half. It’s a year and a half in denim and a red dot. With nothing else, no future, and empty inside.” -- Gerry Waldston, donor
Location in CollectionGerry Waldston