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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.75 in, W: 14.5 in

United States, 1942-1945


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.75 x 14.5 in.

A woman in a cross-patterned shirt, Mine Okubo, bids farewell to friends who have gathered for her departure from camp. She sheds a tear as she shakes hands with an elderly woman in the left foreground who also cries. A man in a hat looks on. Two women and one man are similarly gathered next to them in the right foreground. A line of people head toward the exit gate to be checked by the WRA and army before boarding buses or trucks.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 197. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 197. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 197.

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 208 of book.

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