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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, looks on as people visit friends from outside of the camp in a room at the top of the grandstand at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Mine stands with back to viewer looking over right shoulder at a couple talking with a visiting friend at right. The head and shoulders of a balding man, a girl and a little boy are visible in the foreground. Men, women, and children greet each other in the background. There is a table at the entrance located at the top center.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 75. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 75. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 75.

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 80 of book.

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