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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 in a cross-patterned shirt and jeans, Mine Okubo, perches atop a stack of wooden crates, leaning forward to search for her luggage among thousands in a baggage holding room. Her brother Benji stands next to her. The room is filled with crates upon which family names and numbers are written. In the background, other internees search for their belongings. Eight windows are visible on the back wall.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 126. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 126. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 126.

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 133 of book.

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