Portraits from the Home Front

Elizabeth Black's family discovered copies of about 100 portraits in her collection. WQED is working to find the surviving veterans or descendants who might be interested in these keepsake portraits drawn by Elizabeth during WW2. Please share this page with veterans organizations or others who might help WQED connect these sketches with appreciative families.

The gallery also includes some sketches that did reach the home front during World War II. The families have provided copies to help complete the collection and better catalogue Miss Black's work. Those portraits are noted accordingly. Watch for new portraits and corrected info as we receive it.

 

  • Thomas R. Rue
    Hometown: Gallipolis, OH
    Date of Portrait:
    11/24/1944
    Found
  • Jimmy Swope
    Hometown: Phila., PA (possibly)
    Date of Portrait:
    10/19/1944
  • Johnnie B. Tanner (KIA)
    Hometown: Malden, MO
    Date of Portrait:
    11/25/1944
    Found
  • Chester Thomas
    Hometown: , [Unknown]
    Date of Portrait:
    10/20/1944
  • Walter A. Tofel
    Hometown: Irvington, NJ
    Date of Portrait:
    01/29/1945
    Contact Pending
  • Alfred J. Turner
    Hometown: East Chicago, IN
    Date of Portrait:
    10/19/1944
    Contact Pending
  • Herbert L. "Jerry" VanHorn
    Hometown: Detroit, MI
    Date of Portrait:
    11/24/1944
    Found
  • Ralph J. Ventry
    Hometown: Niagara Falls, NY
    Date of Portrait:
    02/05/1945
    Contact Pending
  • Mary Louise Weller Chapman
    Hometown: Oriskany, NY
    Date of Portrait:
    02/05/1944
    Found
  • James Wilkie (KIA)
    Hometown: Gloucester City, NJ
    Date of Portrait:
    01/28/1945
  • Hannibal Allen Williams
    Hometown: Newark, NJ
    Date of Portrait:
    10/17/1944
    Found
  • Jim Wright
    Hometown: Sharpsburg, PA
    Date of Portrait:
    11/27/1944
    Contact Pending

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