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[Interior view of Mine and Benji's barrack, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Interior view of Mine and Benji's barrack, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, 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, stands at entrance of horse stable 50, her living quarters at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Okubo stands in a coat at left framed in doorway with number "50" appearing below window. Swinging half-door divides two rooms; two folded spring cots lean against wall in the rear room at right. Exposed nails stick out from walls and ground covered with dust. Cobweb in rear room. Roof and fourth wall not drawn so that viewer can see interior.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 30. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 30. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 30.

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 35 of book.

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