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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in

United States, 1942-1945


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


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

A woman in a cross-patterned shirt, Mine Okubo stands in the right foreground covering her face with both hands to protect herself from the dust blowing towards her. A man in the center foreground, wears a face mask while using a pickax to make irrigation ditches to control the dust. Mounds of earth sit where ditches are dug. Two additional workers with shovels are visible in the left background. Five barracks and two electric poles lie beyond them.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 175. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 175. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 175.

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 184 of book.

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