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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.

A woman, Mine Okubo, stands in profile in the left foreground of the room she shares with her brother Benji and a college student they met at camp. Two blankets stamped with "U.S.", partition off Mine's area. One of the men is lying down in his cot while the other sits and reads in his. At the foot of his cot, rests a sack with the number 13660. A small bookcase is placed against the wall at the head of the cots. Trunks, wooden crates, shoes, books, a cooking pot and cans are scattered about the room. The two north facing windows look out onto another barrack and electric poles.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 125. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 125. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 125.

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 132 of book.

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