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[New barrack construction at Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[New barrack construction 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

(2007.62.50)

Gift of Mine Okubo Estate

Description

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, watches carpenters working overtime to build barracks in the center field of the racetrack at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Visible from the torso up, Mine stands with back to viewer, foreground left. Three planks lean against incomplete barracks floor, leading viewer's eye into structure where a man stands between struts supporting wall frames and hands a long beam to another man atop frame. Another man in overalls and cap stands on wall frame holding a beam. A carpenter carries a saw horse at bottom right. An unfinished barracks is partially visible at top left.

Inscription
Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 44. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 44. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 44.

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 49 of book.

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