Although many of the WRA camps had war-related industries, Amache was the only camp with a successful silkscreen shop. At the time, silkscreening was one of the best ways to crisply print in color, something required by the U.S. Navy for their training materials. Established in June of 1943, the Amache silkscreen shop produced over 250,000 color posters under a contract with the navy. The staff of forty-five also created many prints for use in camp, including calendars, programs for camp events, even souvenirs for the yearly carnival. The Amache silkscreen shop produced a colorful and visually distinctive record of life at the camp.
The silkscreen shop gained national acclaim when it was highlighted in a full page spread in the April 1944 edition of the national advertising magazine, ‘Signs of the Times.’
To learn more, visit the Densho article, Amache Silk Screen Shop or read an Atlas Obscura article on The Art—and Anger—of Japanese Internment Camp Silk Screeners.