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[Mine and Benji depart from their home, Berkeley, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Mine and Benji depart from their home, Berkeley, California, 1942]
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H: 9.5 in, W: 13.5 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 a flipped forelock of hair and cross-patterned shirt, Mine Okubo sheds tears as she takes a final look at her home, a two story wooden house with a chimmney, before departing for the Civil Control Station. She holds a car door open and stands on the sidewalk beside her brother Benji. A palm tree grows in the front yard. Three additional structures line the street in the center and right background.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 18. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 18. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 18.

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 23 of book.

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