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A pencil sketch of a man reclining in a chair turning the dial on the radio.

Self-portrait by Gerry Waldston, who has drawn himself seated in a chair holding a broom, turning the dial on the radio, Camp B (Ripples, New Brunswick), February 22, 1941. No newspapers or radios were allowed in the camp, so as an orderly in the soldier’s quarters, Waldston was able to listen to daily reports on the war effort, and acted as the internees’ only contact with the outside world. The image is captioned as “(5 minute sketch) Drawn because it just happened.”

– Courtesy Gerry Waldston