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[Mine and Benji assemble cots, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Mine and Benji assemble cots, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]
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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
mat board

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, Mine Okubo, sits on bare spring cot as her brother, Benji, bends over to open another folded spring cot on ground at left at horse stable 50 at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in crosshatch dress, Mine leans forward on her proper right arm while holding other hand to the back of her neck and resting her boots on upsidedown folded cot. Suitcase and box at bottom left corner. Bug on ground at bottom right corner.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 31. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 31. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191.

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 36 of book.

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