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Cigarette packaging origami parasols are memorabilia from internment camps, although the craft probably existed before the camps and long after. These are about 7" tall and 5" diameter. Because we knew the person who made these, we believe they were made at Amache camp in Granada, Colorado. They no longer have the threads that were woven around the toothpick ends at the edge of the parasols, but they are otherwise in fairly good condition. We have tried to decipher the wrappers. The one on the right with the yellow swirl has PM Inc, so it might be Marlboro. The one next to it might be Chesterfield. The green one might be Cool (not Kools) and the red one might also be Marlboro. But we are guessing. Please check the photos for condition. The handles are lacquered chopsticks. There is a possibility our origami artist made these after she left camp, but we still believe they were made in the 40s or early 50s.
For more information about the arts & crafts from this sad era, check out the book The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps by Delphine Hirasuna.
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4 Vintage cigarette wrapper origami parasols from a WWII Japanese American Internment camp
$38 USD SOLD
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