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[Large Format World War II Comic Artwork Negatives]

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[Large Format World War II Comic Artwork Negatives]

450.00

A small archive of large-format photographic negatives originating from the VIII Fighter Command of the United States Army Air Forces a unit whose primary mission was command and control of fighter operations within the Eighth Air Force. A majority (12 of the 18) being photographic negatives of original cartoon profiles of the unit's notable fighter pilots. Each of those drawings bears the stylized signature of a Staff Sgt. A. Petersen (his signature consistently designed as though spilling out of an ink bottle with a design of the Command on its side). The images appear to capture the original drawings on large art board, with layout embellishments and materials, along with fastening pins and bulletin boards visible in the frames. 

Petersen's signature is accompanied, at different times, by a date of "1944" ; a location, "England" ; and the abbreviation "4th FL. GP. INT. OFF." The inclusion of three additional negatives of renderings of Nazi planes seems to promote our suspicion this may be an abbreviation for a Wartime Intelligence Office operated by the VIII Command.

Additional is a series of 3 different cartoon images, likely panels in a larger publication or pilot's guide, one with a commanding officer seen holding a magazine with the title of SKYWASH, which was a Unit publication produced in small numbers and distributed internally. It seems a probable candidate for publication, though we locate no precise reference to any appearance, thus our negatives would seem to serve as perhaps the only surviving record of these accomplished cartoon renderings of notable American flyers of the Eighth Air Force. 

[World War II] : [Cartoons] : [Photography]. [Large Format World War II Artwork Negatives]. [England]: [ca. 1944]. 18 black and white large format photographic negatives on 2 different varieties of circa-1940's safety film stock (13-AGFA ; 5-Eastman Kodak). Each approximately 8" x 9 3/4." Each about near fine. Additional image scans available upon request.

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A small archive of large-format photographic negatives originating from the VIII Fighter Command of the United States Army Air Forces a unit whose primary mission was command and control of fighter operations within the Eighth Air Force. A majority (12 of the 18) being photographic negatives of original cartoon profiles of the unit's notable fighter pilots. Each of those drawings bears the stylized signature of a Staff Sgt. A. Petersen (his signature consistently designed as though spilling out of an ink bottle with a design of the Command on its side). The images appear to capture the original drawings on large art board, with layout embellishments and materials, along with fastening pins and bulletin boards visible in the frames. 

Petersen's signature is accompanied, at different times, by a date of "1944" ; a location, "England" ; and the abbreviation "4th FL. GP. INT. OFF." The inclusion of three additional negatives of renderings of Nazi planes seems to promote our suspicion this may be an abbreviation for a Wartime Intelligence Office operated by the VIII Command.

Additional is a series of 3 different cartoon images, likely panels in a larger publication or pilot's guide, one with a commanding officer seen holding a magazine with the title of SKYWASH, which was a Unit publication produced in small numbers and distributed internally. It seems a probable candidate for publication, though we locate no precise reference to any appearance, thus our negatives would seem to serve as perhaps the only surviving record of these accomplished cartoon renderings of notable American flyers of the Eighth Air Force. 

[World War II] : [Cartoons] : [Photography]. [Large Format World War II Artwork Negatives]. [England]: [ca. 1944]. 18 black and white large format photographic negatives on 2 different varieties of circa-1940's safety film stock (13-AGFA ; 5-Eastman Kodak). Each approximately 8" x 9 3/4." Each about near fine. Additional image scans available upon request.