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    Hank Porter – "Robot" Army Searchlight Maintenance Detachment World War II Insignia Preliminary Art (Walt Disney, c. 1940s). Military insignias were used for cloth patches, doors, signage, and even as "nose art" on planes and boats. Most of the World War II insignia designs to come out of the Disney Studios featured well-known cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, secondary characters like Peg leg Pete and Jiminy Cricket, and specially-designed birds, fish, dogs, and occasionally humans. Mechanical men, aka robots, were used in a few instances, and here's a great design of a one-eyed robot searching the skies and harnessing lightning bolts. Wow! It was created by master designer Hank Porter (1900 – 1951), who time and time again rose to the occasion. He was Walt Disney's personal favorite to assign these designs, which the studio offered to the military free of charge. You can see this one on page 236 of the Japanese book Characters of Military. Art is in graphite and color pencils on carefully trimmed onionskin paper in a "football" shape measuring approximately 7.5" x 9.5". A small water drop has slightly discolored the right-side blue field, but otherwise the condition is Very Good with minor handing wear.

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