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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 shoulder length hair, Mine Okubo, steps over foot bath at entrance of shower room at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in a slip and shoes, Mine straddles rectangular pool of chlorine water at right; black vertical line indicates where right wall of entrance begins; a towel hangs from her proper left arm. A little boy stands on a bench next to a woman in a floral apron washing her feet in a basin to the left of entrance. There is a sign, "Foot wash for foot only."

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 72. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 72. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 72.

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 77 of book.

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