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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.75 in, W: 14.5 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.75 x 14.5 in.

A woman in a cross-patterened shirt, Mine Okubo, stands in the left foreground, observing the activities in the camp library. A librarian in a floral-patterned shirt and glasses, stands at a wooden counter holding a book open. She holds a pencil in her right hand and speaks to a man in the midground. A boy reads a book at a table, a man with his back to the viewer sits at another table behind him, while a boy enters the library reading a book. Mostly empty shelves line the walls.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 88. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 88. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 88.

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 93 of book.

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