Girl Reading Comic Book, 1943

Robinson Crusoe 1943-1

Robinson Crusoe 1943-2

The poignancy of the photo multiplies when you consider that the young lady may have been in an American internment camp when it was taken. Japanese Americans were forcibly relocated from the Pacific coast to inland locations directly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Robinson Crusoe, you’ll recall, is a story about a British castaway who tries to survive and civilize (i.e. Anglicize) an “Island of Despair.”

The original Classics Illustrated series was published continuously—by three different publishers—from 1941 to 1971.

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