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Store window in Hawaii decorated for Indian independence

Compiled by Sindya N. Bhanoo Email Compiled by Sindya N. Bhanoo
August 2015
Store window in Hawaii decorated for Indian independence

August 15, 1947 – Jhamandas Watumull’s store in Honolulu, Hawaii posts a sign that reads “To Celebrate India’s Independence, August 15, 1947 - Friday, The Watumull Stores Extend Open House. Refreshments Served. 10% Discount On All Purchases. Entire Proceeds of Today’s Business Will Be Donated to Indian Charities.”

Jhamandas Watumull was the son of a brick contractor in Hyderabad, Sindh and moved to Hawaii in 1914 after a short stint the Philippines. He opened his retail store in downtown Honolulu and it flourished, selling raw silk goods and “aloha shirts” on the island. Eventually, it grew into a major department store with additional branch stores in Waikiki and the downtown Honolulu area.

Snapshots of Indian-American history from SAADA.
Sindya N. Bhanoo writes the Observatory column in the Science section of
The New York Times. She is also a board member of South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). This column’s material is from SAADA. https://www.saadigitalarchive.org/.

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