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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, stands near a barracks in center field where children play at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. The head and shoulders of Mine in a cross-patterned shirt and a man in a hat are visible in foreground, bottom left. Three children play in area in front of barracks, where steps lead into the individual living quarters. A person sits on one stoop; potted plants sit on table between steps and a clotheline hangs in front. A nameplate hangs over the doorway at the end of the barracks, left. Another barracks is partially visible behind it.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 78. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 78. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 78.

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 83 of book.

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