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[First night at Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[First night 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

(2007.62.48)

Gift of Mine Okubo Estate

Description

1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman, Mine Okubo, and her brother, Benji, sleep under clothing and blankets on adjacent beds in their new living quarters, a former horse stall, at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Mine sleeps with covers up to her nose with extra clothing from her luggage spread over the blanket and sheet she had brought with her to keep warm in foreground; a suitcase sits on base of bed. Her head is at right edge near clock on crate that separates the siblings' beds. Benji sleep on his side with covers up to his neck under pile of clothing and blanket and sheet. Top of a pair of boots is visible between the beds. Luggage at base of beds at left. Spider in top left corner.

Inscription
Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 42. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 42. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 42.

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 47 of book.

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