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[Dishwashing counter at Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Dishwashing counter at Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]
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H: 9.5 in, W: 13.5 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 with a flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo brings a plate and cup to the dishwashing counter of the mess hall at Tanforan Assembly Center. Mine stands with her back to the viewer, looking left at a group of men cleaning, rinsing, and stacking dishes behind a row of sinks. A small boy stands to her left holding his plate and cup.

Signed at bottom center: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 36. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 36. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 36.

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 41 of book.

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