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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, holds a washboard as she stands with three other people looking for an empty washtub in the busy laundry building at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Visible from the hip up, Mine stands in profile in foreground left with a washboard under her proper right arm and laundry under her left. People wash their laundry at three rows of washtubs; many wear aprons. One couple folds a sheet next to a child standing in a tub in center row.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 64. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 64. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 64.

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 69 of book.

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