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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 wearing a cross-patterned shirt, Mine Okubo, stands in profile in the left foreground watching a man water a vegetable plot. The man is shirtless and has a knotted handkerchief covering the top of his head. He pours water on rows of seedlings using a stick with a perforated tin can nailed to the end. A pail of water sits on the ground by his feet. Cardboard, lumber scraps and cartons are recycled to build makeshift screens to protect the garden from dust storms. More garden plots are visible behind them, as well as barracks.

In front of almost all of the apartments and along the rows of barracks were planted the residents' victory gardens.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 183. Written in pencil and circled, bottom left corner: 183. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 183.

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 192 of book.

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