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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.

Mine Okubo and her brother Benji wait at a table inside a barrack to receive two army blankets each. A woman wearing eyeglasses stands behind the table and checks their names off a clipboard list with a pencil. A man holds up a blanket, right. Another man, wearing a hat, stands in midground, left. Folded blankets are piled on the floor in the far right background. Five windows line a back wall, in which beams and rafters are visible.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 124. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 124. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 124.

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 131 of book.

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