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Paper Airplane 2: 1962

Paper Airplane 2: 1962

A closer look at Dad's handiwork, which I believe was done during the time he was stationed at Andrews AFB in Maryland, around 1962. View full size.

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I wish everyone could have known him! A talented man, my Dad. This was just one of the things he did well. I have a good size collection of military comic panels and strips that he drew during his time in the service. Some of them were published at the time in various Officer's newsletters and other service based publications. Some are in rather rough shape..I am working on archiving and preserving them, and possibly offering them to the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson AFB. I also have many photos of some very cool signs he made in the 60's. Some were neon, some gold leaf, most hand lettered, which is also a lost art. I hope to get some of those scanned soon and uploaded to Shorpy. I am ridiculously proud of my Dad. He would have been obsessed with Shorpy, and sharing him here with all of you is an honor, and would thrill him to the core. Thank you, Shorpy, for giving me this way to remember him.

Cool Diorama!

I would have liked to have known your Dad. Diorama making is a lost art.

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