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[Receiving room assignments at Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Receiving room assignments at Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, 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, Mine Okubo, leans over a table with her right knee on a bench while talking to a woman in charge of room assignments. Mine wears a vest over a short-sleeve top and skirt, and carries a bag across her shoulders. A jacket and wrapped parcel are placed on the bench beside her. A sack tagged with her family number, 13660, lies at her feet. To her right, a little girl sits on the bench, wearing a dress affixed with another number tag, 13740. A suitcase tagged with the same number sits in the foreground. The girl's mother (?) stands in the right foreground.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 27. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 27. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 27.

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 32 of book.

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