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[Mine and Benji sharing a small meal, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Mine and Benji sharing a small meal, 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, sits on a suitcase eating crackers and cans of peaches with her brother, Benji, in their new living quarters, a former horse stall, at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in boots and plaid dress, a tired Mine sits on tagged suitcase at left, holding an open can in proper left hand while holding a cracker to her mouth with her right. Benji sits on suitcase at right holding open can near mouth with proper right hand while holding crackers in left. An open box of crackers sits in foreground between them. Two duffle bags tagged, "13660 Okubo" and "13660" sit in on floor behind Mine. Crate and straw-filled mattress on spring cot are visible behind Benji.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 41. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 41. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 41.

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 46 of book.

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