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Okubo, Mine

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H: 10 in, W: 14.5 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 10 x 14.5 in.

A woman with a flipped forelock of hair, in mittens and an overcoat, Mine Okubo, stands in the center foreground watching three men guard a scrap-lumber pile. The men, each holding a stick of lumber, are wearing hats, bulky overcoats and mittens. In the midground, a fire burns to keep them warm.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 133. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 133. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 133.

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 141 of book.

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