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[Waiting in line for supper, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Waiting in line for supper, 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, Mine Okubo, stands in center foreground with her arms crossed in long line for supper at the mess hall in the grandstand at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Her brother, Benji, stands behind her in profile facing right. A woman wearing a fur collared coat stands with two children in front of her. Three lines extend from doorways at right into the distance. People are bundled in jackets and hats.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 33. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 33.

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 38 of book.

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