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Little Known Facts About Mort Künstler

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...Mort Künstler painted this picture of Theodore Roosevelt leading the charge up San Juan Hill?

The National Guard Bureau called Mort Künstler in 1984 and asked if he would be interested in painting the Battle of San Juan Hill during the Spanish American War in 1898. He was delighted with the commission, accepting it immediately. No one at the National Guard knew that Künstler lived less than one mile from Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the home of Theodore Roosevelt. Knowing many members of the Roosevelt family gave the painting a special meaning for the artist. The painting was made into a print for the National Guard Heritage series and the original now hangs in the Pentagon!

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...Mort Künstler did this painting for Russ Togs, the clothing manufacturer?

...Mort Künstler illustrated the famous Ernest Thompson Seton classic King of the Grizzlies?

...Mort Künstler painted the first visual concept of Poldark for the cover of the Winston Graham novel Ross Poldark in 1970, published by Berkley Medallion?

...Mort Künstler’s painting of Early Start was done in 1984?

...Mort Künstler painted this football illustration for the story “Scared Scatback”?

...during the height of the Cold War, Mort Künstler was commissioned by Newsweek to paint this cover?

...Mort Künstler painted this picture of Theodore Roosevelt leading the charge up San Juan Hill?

...Mort Künstler did this painting of Eddie Rickenbacker’s famous Spad from World War I?

...Mort Künstler painted this illustration for National Geographic magazine in 1965?

...Mort Künstler did the drawing for the Max Brand novel Steve Train’s Ordeal?

...The Doctor Disagrees by Elizabeth Seifert was the first cover Mort Künstler did in the long-running series of “Doctor” novels that Elizabeth Seifert wrote for Dodd, Mead & Co. in the 1950’s and through to the 1970’s?

...Mort Künstler illustrated the book Dinosaur Story, which was first published in 1974 by Scholastic Book Services?

...Mort Künstler did this painting for the box cover of The Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist Lab?

...this type of harvesting required nine animals and three men?

...Mort Künstler was awarded this plaque of Appreciation on February 1983 by the Secret Service?

...Mort Künstler did a painting for the movie poster Busting?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for Copperhead Moon for Dodd, Mead & Co. around 1953?

...how being a sickly boy contributed to Mort Künstler becoming an artist?

...on February 20, 1962, John Glenn became an overnight national hero when he became the first American to go into space?

...Mort Künstler painted this gray timber wolf and pup in 1974?

...Mort Künstler painted this cover for Stag, a men’s adventure magazine of the post World War II era.

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