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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in.

After their induction at Topaz, Mine and her brother Benji, are shown their new room, located at the end of barrack 11 in block 7. Mine stands at the back of the group of five, which include the three women who excorted them to their room and Benji. Alkali dust thickly covers the masonite floor. Beams and rafters are visible on unfinished walls and ceiling Two small windows are set in the north wall.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 122. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 122. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 122.

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 128 of book.

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