On display during the entire month of March, patrons can visit OFL to view cartoons by Carl Richard "Dick" Dahlin, created during his service in WWII.

Dick Dahlin was born and raised in Syracuse, graduating from North High School in 1940. In WWII, he volunteered to be a paratrooper and was assigned to a frontline unit in the U.S. Army. While he was stationed in Europe, he created a series of cartoons based on his original G.I. character named Roderick. His cartoons were printed in two newspapers that were published by his unit and battalion.

Dahlin's cartoons appear whimsical, loaded with bright colors and loose, curving lines. But on a deeper level, they convey the loneliness and trauma of war. Roderick plunges from a plane, realizing his parachute has failed him and his thoughts race through the girl waiting for him at home, the medics when they find him, and his impending doom when his body hits the ground.

All of this was a reflection of the hopes and fears of soldiers during WWII. Would they return home one day, safe and unharmed to their sweethearts, or would the next day be their last?

Roger Dahlin has worked with OFL to showcase the art of his deceased brother, Dick. Included in the display are copies of Nazi propaganda that Dick Dahlin brought back from his service.

Please join us on Sunday, March 31 at 2pm as Roger Dahlin talks about his brother's artwork.  Registration requested for this event.