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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in.

At the Tanforan grandstand, a woman, in the right foreground, Mine Okubo stands in profile, with her back to the viewer, observing a man who has fallen asleep on the floor. He is dressed in a cross-patterned shirt, dark vest, long pants and dark leather shoes. His hands are crossed and a newspaper covers his face. Across the grandstand, a man sits on the opposing bleachers facing the viewer.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 91. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 91. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 91.

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 96 of book.

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