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George Baker

"I was born May 22, 1915 in Lowell, Mass.
Upon being graduated from high school, I did various jobs such as fitting the paper bags on newly pressed clothes in a cleaning and dyeing establishment, loading and driving trucks, and finally, working as an artist in a commercial art house. My artistic talents there were primarily employed in the drawing of pots and pans for newspaper advertisements.
In 1937 I went out to Hollywood to work for Walt Disney. For the next four years I worked on virtually all of his well known pictures which included Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi. From there I was inducted into the army in June of 1941.
Most of my evenings in the army were spent drawing cartoons of army life using the Sad Sack as the bewildered civilian trying to be a soldier. Yank magazine, which was then forming, invited me to join their staff.
To keep the Sad Sack abreast of developments, Yank has sent me to dozens of army camps, to Panama, Africa and Italy."
"The drawing here was done by a very good friend, Sergeant Gregor Duncan, of the European Stars and Stripes, a short time before he was killed in the Allied advance on Rome."

Sergeant George Baker
1944
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