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[Luggage unloading at Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Luggage unloading at Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]
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drawing
H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
paper
ink
mat board

United States, 1942-1944

(2007.62.43)

Gift of Mine Okubo Estate

Description

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 beside her brother, Benji, waiting for their luggage to be unloaded from a large two-trailer Bekins Truck amid stacks of boxes and luggage at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. In foreground right, Benji leans against a box looking toward the right, as Mine stands with back to viewer looking toward trucks; three other people stand beside them, two in hats. Two boxes with names and numbers on ground to left. People sort through stacks of boxes, suitcases and parcels at midground as men unload trailers parked at top left. More people and luggage in background in front of fence.

Inscription
Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 37. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 37. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 37.

History
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 42 of book.

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