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[Scavenging for building materials, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Scavenging for building materials, 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, forages for lumber with her brother, Benji, to fix their living quarters, a former horse stall at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in a cross-patterned jacket, Mine holds a plank while standing atop scrap-lumber pile. Benji, in jeans and striped pullover, pulls another plank from pile at right. The back of the head and shoulders of a man in a hat is visible in foreground. A row of five barracks stands in background left, behind piles of lumber and saw horses.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 45. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 45. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 45.

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 50 of book.

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