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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, Mine Okubo stands with her back to the viewer, surveying the unfinished portion of the camp. Her brother Benji stands next to her in profile. A soldier holding a rifle, sits in a wooden booth in the right midground. Part of a single-story building with two chimney vents and two windows, occupies the left midground. Three utility poles line a curving dirt road. An unobstructed view of mountains and fields lie in the distance, as fences and watch towers have yet to be built.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 128. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 128. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 128.

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 135 of book.

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