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[Returning home for curfew, Berkeley, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Returning home for curfew, Berkeley, California, 1942]
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H: 9.5 in, W: 13.5 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman dressed in an overcoat and carrying a handbag, Mine Okubo, looks to the her right as she walks along a wooden pathway leading to the steps of her house. She is rushing home in order to make the 8 p.m to 6 a.m. curfew established on March 24, 1942 by Public Proclamation No. 3. In the left midground, a policeman, wearing a cap and holding a baton, stands next to a street lamp with his back to the viewer. Houses line the curving street in the background.

Signed at center: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 10. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 10 . Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 10.

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 14 of book.

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