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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, reports with her brother, Benji, to bull pen on September 16th where their luggage is searched in preparation for leaving for the Central Utah Relocation Project, also known as Topaz, from Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. In bottom right corner foreground, Mine and Benji wait as a man in suit and hat looks at their papers, "Family 13660." People walk away and toward inspection table areas at midground. People hand luggage out barracks windows in background.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 108. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 108. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 108.

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 113 of book.

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