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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 family gathers around a cast iron stove to celebrate their first Christmas in camp. Two boys and one girl sit on the floor. The father, left midground, sits on a wooden crate and shows his son how to play with a button and string toy. The mother seated on another wooden crate, right midground, wears an apron and holds a tray of drinks. A cat sleeps in front of the stove; three wrapped parcels and a bare tree decorated with a single star, occupy the left ground; socks and towels hang on a linein the background.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 148. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 148. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 148.

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 156 of book.

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