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[Families preparing for evacuation, Berkeley, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Families preparing for evacuation, Berkeley, California, 1942]
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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., matted 16 x 20 in.

A Japanese American family tries on boots and hats in preparation for the mass "evacuation" to concentration camps in the interior United States during World War II. The father wears a sombrero as he sits on a bench looking at a boot while a balding shoe salesman kneels on the ground holding his proper right foot in his lap. A little girl sits to the right trying on a small sombrero. A woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, looks over her shoulder at top right, observing the family. The mother sits to the left of the father, her face obscured by the hands of the infant in her arms. A pail full of packages sits atop a bedroll on the bench at far left; packages sit on the ground, right.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 11. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 11. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 11.

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 15 of book.

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