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Near Jerome in Jerome County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Censored Mail

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2019
1. Censored Mail Marker
Captions: (background) Photo 1943; (upper left) The censor's stamp is affixed to this postcard sent from Japan to Minidoka internee Yoshi Asaba of Block 36. A civilian wartime censor cuts text from a letter using a razor knife.
Inscription.  The few letters that we did receive were inked out in black. And some ... had holes, I think they cut it out with razors so you had a holey letter. Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto

The camp's internee-run post office stood here. Hunt Post Office was a branch of the Twin Falls U.S. Post Office. Mail was the internees' main link with the outside world - with family members in Japan, other camps, or in locations outside the exclusion zones. It was also how they held onto their homes and businesses in the exclusion zones. They had mortgages to pay, bank accounts to maintain, and businesses to run.
However, mail was subject to censorship by the U.S. Army and the Office of Censorship - set up when the war started. Censors often read international and domestic mail, and blocked out or cut out parts of letters that the government thought were sensitive or inflammatory. Censorship significantly delayed mail deliveries and invaded privacy.
 
Erected by Minidoka National Historic Site, National Park Service.
 
Location. 42° 40.722′ 
Censored Mail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2019
2. Censored Mail Marker
N, 114° 14.964′ W. Marker is near Jerome, Idaho, in Jerome County. Marker is at the intersection of an unnamed road and Hunt Road on an unnamed road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jerome ID 83338, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Running a Camp (within shouting distance of this marker); Honor Roll (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Question of Loyalty (about 500 feet away); Minidoka National Historic Site (about 500 feet away); On Guard (about 500 feet away); Minidoka Relocation Center (about 500 feet away); Soothing Waters (about 500 feet away); Symbols of Imprisonment (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jerome.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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