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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.75 in, W: 14.5 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.75 x 14.5 in.

A woman seated at a table in the left foreground, Mine Okubo, eats a sandwich at the Topaz Times, where she works. Unwrapped in front of her, are five slices of bread, a jar of jelly and a knife. A woman in a head scarf and floral patterned shirt works at a table beside her. A man in a hunting cap sits behind them in the midground reading a paper with his feet propped on a table. In the background, four men and one woman assemble papers, rest, or finish lunch. Stacks of papers, pots, cups and a cardboard box sit on the work tables. A kettle warms atop a wood-burning stove, left midground.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 127. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 127. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 127.

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 134 of book.

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