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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 with a flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, stands in profile in the left foreground watching a group of seven children playing outdoors in the sand. Each child is wearing a wide brimmed straw hat and is kneeling or sitting on the sand. A girl in the foreground uses a stick to stir a bucket of sand.

4,000 straw hats were sold in a day when the hot days came to Topaz.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 182. Written in pencil and circled, bottom left corner: 182. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 182.

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 191 of book.

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