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Photographs from Operation “Toy Horse”
 

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As fighting raged in the Pacific, the U.S. Government initiated a secret program to produce money to be used in an anticipated invasion of the Japanese islands. Called Operation “Toy Horse”, the project called for the notes to be printed in San Francisco, and then shipped to Sacramento for numbering, cutting and wrapping by the State Printing Office. These tasks were carried in the Governors Hall of the State Fairgrounds on Stockton Boulevard under the watchful eyes of the military and “G-Men.”

Military personnel, federal agents and state workers observe the shipment of “Toy Horse” money from the Governors Hall.

These and additional photographs of Operation “Toy Horse” activities in Sacramento were donated to the California State Archives by the family of the late Norman Jack Rath, a foreman at the State Printing Office during the project.

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Sailors gather outside the Governors Hall to provide security of Operation “Toy Horse”.

Sailors gather outside the Governors Hall to provide security of Operation “Toy Horse”.

With submachine guns at the ready, military police guard shipments of “Toy Horse” money.

With submachine guns at the ready, military police guard shipments of “Toy Horse” money.

Sheets of one yen notes await cutting.

Sheets of one yen notes await cutting.

Posters kept State Printing Office workers focused on their assignments.

Posters kept State Printing Office workers focused on their assignments.

Military personnel, federal agents and state workers observe the shipment of “Toy Horse” money from the Governors Hall.

Military personnel, federal agents and state workers observe the shipment of “Toy Horse” money from the Governors Hall.



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