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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.

Woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, carries oranges and lemons as she walks through train filled with exhausted passengers from Tanforan Assembly Center in California headed for the "Central Utah Relocation Center," a concentration camp in Topaz, Utah during World War II. Mine holds an armful of fruits at the far left of aisle that extends to right side between rows of grimacing people who hold their hands to their head, sleep or read on the two-night trip. The shades are drawn in background.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 112. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 112. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 112.

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 117 of book.

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