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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 and man, Mine Okubo and her brother Benji, steal lumber at night in order to build partitions and furniture for their room. Benji climbs out of a deep sewer ditch with three long boards of lumber. Mine, in a checkered shirt and jeans, stands above holding another stick of lumber. Mounds of dirt border the ditch.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 130. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 130. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 130.

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 137 of book.

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