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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in.

A crowd gathers in the canteen, or general store to purchase dry goods and exchange information. Two men in hats and dark overcoats, warm their hands at a stove in the left foreground. Others stand in line at counters to purchase items on shelves along the walls. A boy stands next to a dog. Another woman carries a dog in her arms. Mine Okubo, wearing a hood and coat stands in the right foreground, her face in profile and her back to the viewer.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 156. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 156.

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 164 of book.

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