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[Filling tick mattresses with straw, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Filling tick mattresses with straw, 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 strands of forelock in her face, Mine Okubo, gathers straw into bags of ticking with her brother, Benji, to make their mattresses on the racetrack at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Both wear cuffed jeans; Mine in a cross-patterned shirt and Benji in a pullover. Benji holds straw straw at right as Mine stuffs bag on left. Barracks are visible at top left corner behind the stack of hay.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 39. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 39. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 39.

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 44 of book.

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