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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.5 in, W: 13 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.5 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, stands in long winding line waiting to get typhoid and small pox vaccinations in the first month at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in cross patterned jacket, Mine looks to right as she stands with back to viewer behind a woman wearing eyeglasses at bottom left corner. People stand in lines and check in at tables in midground. Barracks and utility poles in background.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 49. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 49 Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 49.

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.

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