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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 woman in a cross-patterned shirt, Mine Okubo, stands in the left foreground of the block laundry facility. A woman next to Mine washes clothes in a long sink, while carrying a baby strapped to her back. A girl behind them washes laundry in a bucket, while a man bathes his son in an adjacent sink. A can of soap sits on a ledge between the sinks. Three men and one woman are washing laundry in the background while standing on wooden platforms. A figure in the far left background departs, carrying a washboard.

Laundry buildings were conveniently set up in the different sections of the camp.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 151. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 151. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 151.

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 159 of book.

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