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Photographs were transferred from the Cannery Workers and Farm Laborers Union Local 7 Records in 2012.
Chris Mensalvas was a Filipino-American who was president of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, Local 37 (previously Cannery Workers' and Farm Laborers' Union, Local 7) from 1949 to 1959, and also served as publicity director of Cannery Workers' and Farm Laborers' Union, Local 7 from 1948 to 1949. Silme Domingo and Gene Vierenes were Filipino-American cannery workers and labor activists. Both were members of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, Local 37. Domingo and Vierenes were murdered by two cannery workers in Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington in 1981.
Photographs of Chris Mensalvas, Silme Domingo, Gene Viernes and their families and friends.
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Chris Mensalvas and son Topper Mensalvas
Chris Mensalvas was president of International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, Local 37 (previously Cannery Workers' and Farm Laborers' Union, Local 7) from 1949 to 1959 and served as publicity director of Cannery Workers' and Farm Laborers' Union, Local 7 from 1948 to 1949.
Contact sheet for 10 9x13cm negatives.
Boy and girl playing indoors
Two girls on woman's lap
Man in plaid shirt and hat sitting at dining room table
Two boys and a girl sitting on man's back on a lawn
Man in suit touching wire with boy crawling on grass behind him
Man and woman sitting on a bench in back yard
Chris Mensalvas and wife Irene Mensalvas deboarding United Airlines airplane in Washington, D.C.
Chris Mensalvas and wife Irene Mensalvas in front of the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
Ten photographs depicting the activities of the Mensalvas family in Punaluu, Hawaii. Punaluu is a rural community in the Koʻolauloa District on the Island of Oahu, in Honolulu, Hawaii.Photographs are bound in an album.
Double exposed photograph depicting Mensalvas family on lanai with Datsun station wagon, and Tony and Patsy Mensalvas
Typed on verso of photograph: This one is a puzzler..one shot was taken in our front lanai, and one in my garden, Tony's ghost hiding in front of my opu (belly) and Patsy's ghost peeping with her Philippine hat in background...Little car is our Datsun station wagonHandwritten on verso of photograph: double-exposure
Topper Mensalvas climbing papaya tree
Typed on verso of photograph: A Prize shot of PAPAYA TREES growing in abundance around our house. The mighty mountain is just 1,000 ft. back of the house, where sugar cane, bread fruit, plumerias, and bananas abound, Note the clouds gathering up in sky- when it rains here, it pours to last at least five minutes, then sunshine. Topper, the expert climber of papayas, mangoes, mabulos, coconuts, and guavas.
Tony, Topper Mensalvas, and Patsy Mensalvas in living room
Typed on verso of photograph: Taken in front of living room door leading to the west lanai. One hat is anito hat made by Moros, the other a regular women's nipa hat..below nipa hut is Topper's drawing of a fighting chicken. Note coral in front of Tony, Patsy and Topper dug from the ocean...the fruits, abis, caburao, guavas..and red giner in vase. Carved carabo Patsy holding and Topper serenading.Handwritten on verso of photograph: Stuffed birds with nest from the Phil. below Topper.
Tony playing ukelele
Typed on verso of photograph: THE OLD DON JUAN HIMSELF with his OOkulele...note our floor cement is covered with woven palm mats- hala leaves, very durable- instead of rugs. We have a few small rugs- mostly hala mats for our floors, mostly rattan chairs including our couch.Handwritten on verso of photograph: Punee couch in picture / Hybiscus flower (state flower) on Home-made coconut vase- back of me.
Mensalvas family and Tony sitting at kitchen table
Typed on verso of photograph: Lomboy party with Tony taken in one corner of our kitchen. Broom in background is Igorot made from wild grass in Philippines...we have two. Tony says they are from the Trino or tanubong grass...very soft, just for inside. Topper wearing Diego Silang hat. Tony ate a lots of Lomboy swallowing seeds.Handwritten on verso of photograph: Igorot [?] hanging on mirror
Chris Mensalvas and Tony in front of Ala Moana Building in Honolulu, Hawaii
Typed on verso of photograph: Tallest building in Honolulu- 25 stories high, right in downtown Honolulu- Only building in the world with a revolving restaurant on top. Adjacent is the Alamoana Shopping Center biggest in US. Irene works on the 14th floor in said building, afew blocks from ILWU Building and close to Waikiki. Tony and I are standing on top of the Shopping Center up and down.Handwritten on verso of photograph: (2 levels of shops & parking) / Seattle will be second soon, we hear.
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