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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, hangs laundry on outdoor clothesline at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in cross-patterned shirt and jeans, Mine bends down to grab laundry in a tub below an empty clothesline that extends horizontally in foreground. A man in overalls and hat holds clothespin in his mouth as he hangs laundry from one of the many lines hanging diagonally at midground. Another man rests against pole of clothesline at right. A woman hangs laundry in distance, top right.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 65. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 65. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 65.

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 70 of book.

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