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About the Artist

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Duke was a master of hand painted theater art. In the early days of cinema, each theater employed artists to create advertisements for new releases. Unlike modern movie posters, each was painted by hand on a wooden board. Here is one of Duke's creations for the Pinney Theater in Boise in 1931.
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Sometimes the advertisements for movies were more elaborate like the one Duke painted in 1939 for Beau Geste.

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Duke was drafted during World War II and in addition to being a soldier, he worked as an artist for the Army.

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