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[Mine at train station in Berne, Switzerland, 1939]

Okubo, Mine

[Mine at train station in Berne, Switzerland, 1939]
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H: 9.75 in, W: 14.5 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.75 x 14.5 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with shoulder-length hair and tiny beret, Mine Okubo, looks at a woman reading a newspaper at a wharf while traveling in Europe when England and France declared war on September 3, 1939 during World War II. Wearing a tiny black beret, a European American woman with hair in a bun and bowed shoulders leans against a railing, back to viewer, as she reads a newspaper in foreground. Walking to the left, Mine wears a spotted coat with bag under her proper right arm; a man next to her looks toward the woman's newspaper as well. People stand and sit in midground and background reading newspapers.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 1. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 1. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 1.

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 3 of book.

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