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[Dining with friends in Berkeley, California, ca.1939-1941]

Okubo, Mine

[Dining with friends in Berkeley, California, ca.1939-1941]
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H: 10 in, W: 14.5 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 10 x 14.5 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, sits at head of table eating with friends in Berkeley, California before the United States entered World War II. Mine holds food in her hand as she sits in profile at bottom left. Nine other men and women eat and drink around table.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 5. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 5. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 5.

Drawings for the book, Citizen 13660, began as sketches and drawings created by Okubo while incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz to tell faithful friends about camp life and were intended for exhibition purposes. Drawing is on page 7 of book.

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