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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.

Woman with shoulder-length hair, Mine Okubo, stands at edge of bachelor "dorm" in the racetrack grandstand of the Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressedin plaid jacket, Mine stands in profile with rectangular object under her arm in foreground right at the foot of a bed where an unshaven, balding man plays cards, possibly solitaire. Row of beds with clothes hanging from wooden frames and ropes extends into background. Another man lies on a bed reading. Two parallel rows of beds are visible at top left.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 58. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 58. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 58.

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 63 of book.

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