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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 filpped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, stands in a long line for the Tanforan post office at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Mine's head and shoulders are visible in the bottom right corner as she stands toward the end of the line, which extends down to the open doorway of the barrack post office at midground. Some people hold letters in their hands. Another line waits by an open window on left side of building. An American flag flies from flag pole in front of post office. On other side of fence, a small figure of a woman walks down racetrack separating post office from rows of barracks in center field.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 56. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 56. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 56.

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 61 of book.

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