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1963 Print Howard Brodie Korean War Art U.S. Soldiers Drying Socks Winter Korea

1963 Print Howard Brodie Korean War Art U.S. Soldiers Drying Socks Winter Korea

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This is an original 1963 halftone print of soldiers drying their socks over a fire in -27�F weather. Brodie wrote on the subject, "Korea was sweltering hot in summer and painfully cold in winter. One morning: 'It was 27 degrees below zero at daybreak... Our shoe-packs crunched into the hard snow. Mucus froze under the noses of the men. I pulled out my canteen but had to chip the ice from the neck before I could drink the water.' As cold as it was, a GI who slept next to me one night would not get inside his bag, because enemy attacks had made him wary of getting caught in it. I made this drawing from memory of GIs drying their socks over a fire."

Howard Brodie (1915-2010) was a renowned artist known for his combat sketches and courtroom scenes. Brodie enlisted in the Army in 1942, and recorded the end of the Guadalcanal campaign, as well as the Central Europe and Rhineland campaigns. He never carried a weapon during this time, but was found under fire on various occasions, where he dropped his sketchpad and worked as a medic; for this, he was awarded the Bronze Star of Valor. After the war, he became a courtroom artist and covered several famous trials, including that of Charles Manson, General Westmoreland, Patty Hearst and the Chicago Seven. He remained a war artist during the Korean, French Indochina and Vietnam wars, and established himself as one of the top news artists by capturing emotions with his fluid lines and attention to detail.


This 48+ year old Item is rated Mint / Near Mint. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Mint / Near Mint
  • Dimensions: Approximately 14.25 x 10.5 inches; 36 x 27 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This piece was illustrated by Brodie, Howard. Artist signature in print - bottom right of image.

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