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[Mine and Benji preparing for departure, Berkeley, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Mine and Benji preparing for departure, 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 woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, prepares for departure from San Francisco to Tanforan Assembly Center in San Bruno, California with her brother, Benji, on April 28-30, 1942 during World War II. Mine stands with back to viewer as she leans over to pack items into a crate at left while Benji steps on a plank as he saws over a crate at right. Open chest of drawers in background left; nails and hammer on crates scattered around room.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 16. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 16. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 16.

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 21 of book.

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