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Okubo, Mine

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H: 10.5 in, W: 15 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 10.5 x 15 in.

A balding man in a striped vest, long pants and a long sleeve shirt, sits outdoors on a rock, reading aloud from a stack of papers. A woman in a cross-patterned shirt, Mine Okubo, stands in profile in the right foreground, holding a paper over her head to shade herself from the sun. Barracks, mountains, low-lying scrub bushes, electric poles, wire fencing, and two watchtowers are visible in the background.

Signed at bottom center: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 132. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 132. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 132.

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 140 of book.

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