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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 shoulder-length hair, Mine Okubo, waits in laundry building after checking-in at Block 4 mess hall and walking through roped passage of cheering people between buildings at Central Utah Relocation Center, also known as Topaz, during World War II. Mine holds her bag to her chest as she stands with four other people in foreground right. A man in a hat standing opposite of them holds the end of a rope that extends through an open double-doorway into the distance where more people exit the mess hall.

Signed at bottom left: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 119. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 119. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 119.

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 125 of book.

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