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WWII Proclamation Restricting Lighting on the West Coast to Inhibit Nighttime Attacks by Japanese Warships and Planes
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“Restricted Lighting shall be extinguished or controlled at all times at night from sunset to sunrise as follows: Illuminated signs and ornamental lighting…Industrial Illumination…Traffic Signs and Signals…Navigation Lights and Railroad Signals…Street and Highway Lights...”

Exhibit A on p.3: “Description of Zone of Restricted Lighting.”

Exhibit B on p.4: “Map of Zone of Restricted Lighting.”

[WORLD WAR II]. Leaflet Signed in Print by Lieutenant General J. L. DeWitt, San Francisco, California, August 5, 1942. Ordering Residential lighting visible from the Pacific Ocean to be covered by drapes or shades. 4 pp. on a bifold sheet, 6.125 x 9.5 in.

Inventory #27446       Price: $500

John Lesesne DeWitt (1880-1962) was a 4-star U.S. Army general. After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, DeWitt claimed that Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans on the West Coast were conspiring against the American war effort. On his recommendation, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing restrictions on sensitive locations. DeWitt issued military proclamations that declared most of the west coast off limits to Japanese Americans. 110,000 Japanese men, women, and children, most of whom were American citizens, were “evacuated,” meaning sent to infamous internment camps.

Condition: Minor paper flaws; else fine.

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