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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 European American nurse checks the throat of a woman with shoulder-length hair, Mine Okubo, in the laundry building at Central Utah Relocation Center, also known as Topaz, during World War II. Mine opens her mouth as the tall nurse sticks a tongue depresser into her mouth and shines a flashlight down her throat. An older woman watches in foreground right as well as little boy waiting in line next to woman at left. A man holding a blanket sits at a table watching in background.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 120. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 120. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 120.

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 126 of book.

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