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[Carrying straw-filled mattresses home, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Carrying straw-filled mattresses home, 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, carries a straw-filled mattress beside her brother, Benji, who carries his mattress over his shoulders as they leave the racetrack toward their new living quarters, a horse stall, at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Mine wears a plaid shirt at left while Benji wears dark patched pants and cross-patterned shirt at right. Seven people fill and carry their mattresses in the background, top left. Fence spans background.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 40. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 40. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom left: 40.

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 45 of book.

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