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[Inside the mess hall at Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Inside the mess hall at 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.

Women, children and men hold out plates to receive food as they stand in crowded mess hall lines at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Sweating cooks dole out the potatoes with their bare hands at midground as the line passes in front of table in foreground toward the right. Another line is visible in background. Mine Okubo is partially visible at end of front line, far left.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 34. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 34. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 34.

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 39 of book.

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