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Okubo, Mine

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H: 10 in, W: 14.5 in
mat board

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, taps the shoulder of the European American policeman assigned to guard her for the day she was granted permission to leave Tanforan Assembly Center and visit Berkely to check on personal belongings during World War II. Mine faces the viewer as she raises her proper left hand to tap the proper right shoulder of a tall man in suit and hat walking down street. Mine wears a jacket with two front pockets filled with purchases; a black handbag hangs from her proper left elbow. A display of candy is visible in the shop window behind her at left. There is a fire hydrant at bottom right corner. Street is in middle ground with opposite sidewalk and shops in background.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 105. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 105. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 105.

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 110 of book.

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