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The Biography of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather: In Search of the Better 'Ole

The Biography of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather: In Search of the Better 'Ole

by Tonie Holt, Valmai Holt

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Bruce Bairnsfather created one of the best-known cartoon characters of the First World War - 'Old Bill' and he drew what many consider to be the most enduring cartoon of all time - the 'Better Ole'.Reprinted due to popular demand this biography was the first to be published about the man and his work. During the First World War the contribution of Bairnsfather's work to the morale of the Nation, through laughter, is without question. Indeed these were those who thought he was the 'man who won the war'. The authors trace his life in fascinating detail. This delightful book reveals details of the man who was a compelling paradox - a desperately shy person who adored the limelight, a loyal loveable personality, ridden with suspicion, an upper class product who was more comfortable in the company of the working class man.Bairnsfather's work appears on plates, cups, jugs, mugs and pots, carmascots, ashtrays and the like - all collector's pieces. His characters appear on postcards, playing cards, cigarette card, jig-saw puzzles and during the Second World War on the noses of the daylight bombers of the American Eighth Airforce.The story is lavishly illustrated with over 150 photographs and drawings, and includes a useful section setting out the range and values of Bairnsfather memorabilia and collectables.

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ISBN-13: 9781473815452
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 12/31/1990
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 570,595
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Major and Mrs Holt founded the first organisation to offer battlefield tours to the general public in the late 1970s. Since the 1990s they have been writing their series of guide books, incorporating all that they have learned from their experiences conducting thousands of people around battlefields. This series, designed to serve as companions for travellers, whether sitting at home or physically visiting the battlefields, includes detailed travel directions, military history, fascinating anecdotes and tourist information. The Holts share the writing of their books equally and conduct all their own research, spending many weeks on the ground as they prepare each new book or update previously published titles.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Foreword 9

Chapter 1 Growing Up (1873-1905) 11

Chapter 2 Army, Art and Apprenticeship (1905-1914) 21

Chapter 3 WW1 Breaks Out: Genesis of a Career (1914-1915) 35

Chapter 4 The Birth of Old Bill and 'The Better 'Ole' (1915-1916) 47

Chapter 5 Officer Cartoonist in Great Demand (1916-1917) 59

Chapter 6 Recognition on Stage and in Films (1917-1918) 69

Chapter 7 The First Trip to America (1918) 79

Chapter 8 Editor and Lord of the Manor (1918-1921) 87

Chapter 9 Husband, Playwright and Entrepreneur (1921-1927) 107

Chapter 10 The Moviemaker Causes a Scandal (1927-1928) 131

Chapter 11 The Threat of Divorce (1928-1932) 145

Chapter 12 Bankruptcy Looms (1932-1934) 161

Chapter 13 New Variations on an Old Theme (1934-1938) 171

Chapter 14 An Autobiography and The Last Film (1938-1941) 185

Chapter 15 World War Two with the Americans (1941-1945) 195

Chapter 16 Popularity on the Wane (1945-1950) 209

Chapter 17 The Twilight Years (1950-1959) 215

Chapter 18 Post Mortem 227

Chapter 19 Year 2000 Post Script 237

The Collectables: a Listing 247

Index 284

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