Take fresh air ? (Fresh air break on the trip from Fresno to Jerome)
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Gift of Madeleine Sugimoto and Naomi Tagawa, Japanese American National Museum
Stretched and framed.
In the foreground and left side, four soldiers with rifles and MP armbands look over a barbed wire fence at the large number of men, women and children who are walking, talking and playing in the main body of the painting. The MP to the left holds his left palm outward to the people in a motion to stop. In the background left, an engineer sits in the cab of a locomotive, followed by a coal tender and a passenger car with the words, "Santa Fe," where an old woman stands in the doorway at far right.
Signed in medium, lower left corner: H. Sugimoto Written on back, top center: Take Fresh Air, 32 x 23 1/2 ; bottom right (In Japanese): On the way from Fresno Assembly Center? On the train to Jerome Relocation Center. Break (30 minutes) in a place with no houses.
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