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[Luggage delivery truck, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Luggage delivery truck, 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 with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, rides in the truckbed with her brother, Benji, and three other men amidst luggage past other loaded trucks at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Benji wears a dark coat and stands in profile facing right with forelock blowing in wind, while Mine holds onto luggage and the side of the truck as she looks over her proper right shoulder. A bag labeled "13660, Okubo" sits in front of her. A spectacled man leans over the edge of the truck near the cab holding his cigarette between his thumb and index finger.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 38. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 38. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 38.

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 43 of book.

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