The Finger

An archive and historical write-up of Portland’s long-lost, World War II-era, Kaiser shipyard workers zine.

Warning: The Finger by its nature was a “patriotic” publication, and that sometimes took the form of a nationalism which included racist characterizations and depictions of Japan and Japanese-Americans, as well as racist characterizations and depictions of Africa and people of African descent. These depictions have not been expurgated here, although I reserve the right to reverse that decision.

(Send any questions or complaints to for my consideration.)

Originally scanned by Bix Frankonis in November 2011. Posted to the web in March 2024.