Bill Mauldin Collection
Bill Mauldin Cartoon Collection
The museum has the largest collection of Mauldin cartoons in the nation, if not the world. A few have never been published and at least one was drawn for the museum.
Mauldin was a G.I. who drew cartoons when he wasn't being shot at. His two main characters were called Willy and Joe. At least one movie was made about Willy and Joe based on Mauldin's cartoons.
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Willy and Joe were Bill Mauldin's creations. They were low-ranking Army soldiers slogging all over Europe fighting the Germans.
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All of Mauldin's cartoon were based on real Army life. Caption: "Two used car salesmen and three veteran organization representatives waiting for you to come out."
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Caption: "Luger, $100... Camera, $150... Iron Cross, $12... It is good to be captured by Americans.
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Caption: My companion and I find these translatlantic flgihts very tedious..."
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Caption, "Hey, Fritz, how far are the Russians from Berlin?"
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Hand grenades were called "pineapples." Caption: "I feels like a pineapplbe bush."
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A B.A.R. was a "Browning Automatic Rifle." Caption: "Quit the clowning, Sir Willy. Where's yer B.A.R.?" Also, Mauldin's note to the press at the top reads, "Seymour, ol' sock. Can you engrave this so figures of guys aren't covered with halftone? I won't throw these at you often. Thanks, Bill."
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Caption: "I'm gonna send this home an' scare my gal outta foolin' around wit' garrison sojers..." Note at top reads, "Ed. note for Unifeature - they do this to little gals who 'collaborate' with Jerry. You can put it a little milder --"
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Snoopy, of the cartoon "Peanuts" was also a Bill Mauldin fan.
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Caption: "I said, ya looked like a museum piece forty years ago, ya old coot."
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Caption: "Yessir, ol' B company broke another bridge buildin' record. A Kraut regiment is retreatin' across it."
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Caption: "Ya might hafta catch a boat. One of them kids ya chased off th' field was th' pilot."