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Clipped pencil signature from 1919, affixed to an album leaf with ink caption
Signature: "Bruce/Bairnsfather" in pencil, irregularly trimmed and affixed to a 4½x2¾ album leaf. Ink note (unknown hand) includes "signed Feb. 3rd 1919/Cheltenham Town Hall. Bruce Bairnsfather (1888-1959), born in India to a British military family, served with a machine gun unit in France during World War I until he was wounded at the 2nd Battle of Ypres. Reassigned to the rear, he began drawing cartoons of life in the trenches featuring privates Old Bill and little Alphie. Military commanders at first found his work "vulgar," but began to promote it when they discovered it bolstered morale. Collections of his work included Fragments from France and Bullets and Billets. Bairnsfather's Old Bill became a familiar figure, featured in movies and plays. During World War II, finding the British military uninterested in his services, Bairnsfather went to work for the US Army publications, Yank and Stars and Stripes. His portrayal of common soldiers at war was said to be a major influence on American cartoonist Bill Mauldin. Creased and soiled.

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Born: July 9, 1887 in Murree, Punjab, British India (now Pakistan)
Died: September 29, 1959 in Worcester, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom

Film Credits
1941 Old Bill and Son (Writer), 1930 Old Bill's Christmas (Writer), 1928 Carry on, Sergeant! (Writer), 1928 Carry on, Sergeant! (Director), 1928 Carry on, Sergeant! (Producer), 1928 Carry on, Sergeant! (Performer), 1926 The Better 'Ole (Writer), 1924 Old Bill Through the Ages (Writer), 1924 Old Bill Through the Ages (Performer), 1919 Carry On (Writer), 1919 Carry On (Director)

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