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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 with surprise at the empty counter and shelves of the canteen at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in cross-patterned shirt, Mine stands at left looking toward long counter at midground with signs, "No Candy, Ice cream," "No Cigarettes," "No Soap." One man looks up from reading a newspaper to look at her while another raises his open hands in front of him. Two other men lounge in front of open shelves further down the counter, top left. Man in hat and coat, woman wearing headkerchief and a girl in eyeglasses depart empty store in foreground. Empty box and litter on ground at bottom right corner.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 79. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 79. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 79.

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 84 of book.

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