world war I nerd Posted January 24, 2017 Author Share #76 Posted January 24, 2017 Photo No. 76: The cartoonist Walter Disney, who arrived as a Red Cross ambulance driver late in 1918, admitted in a 1963 interview that he received 10 to 15 French francs for each large Croix de Guerre medal he painted on the back of a leather jerkin. Later Disney partnered up with a southerner from Georgia, whose Army nickname was “Cracker”, to churn out counterfeit war trophies in the form of camouflage German helmets that would be sold as “genuine” to the unwitting American Doughboys. The division of labor in their enterprise was that Disney would provide the painting and Cracker would supply, and then “battle damage” the freshly painted helmets so they could be sold as genuine war relics. A young Walt Disney, who is standing next to his Red Cross ambulance, was not the painter of the souvenir Coast Artillery Corps camouflage helmet shown in the inset. Inset courtesy of the Don L. collection Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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