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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 and braids, Mine Okubo, stands in line to see a movie in the grandstands at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Mine's head and shoulders are visible in foreground right as she stands at back of line that curves along left edge over open ground into open doorway in distance. The crowd carries blankets and pillows; some sit on folding chairs or stools while they wait. Three men pass the time playing cards.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 82. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 82. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 82.

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 87 of book.

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