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Okubo, Mine

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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, stands in line waiting to get typhoid and small pox vaccinations inside barracks at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Visible from the waist up, Mine stands with a man and a woman, bottom right foreground, facing away from viewer as their queue leads toward the center of the building where people receive their shots from doctors and nurses assisted by other medical staff. A child and woman stand in foreground left, waiting in adjacent line leading to a check-in table followed by a vaccination table along left edge. Two parents comfort children in background at right; two children stand with hands over their faces. A person talks to four people sitting at a table along back wall. There is an open door at top left.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 50. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 50. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 50.

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 55 of book.

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