Colin Levy | Writer / Director

Gramps' WWII Sketchbooks

Gramps' WWII Sketchbooks

My grandfather documented his war experience in two sketchbooks. He spent several years in Guam as an officer. He never saw real combat, so his sketchbooks reveal a different side of the war - bureaucracy, tedium, ingenuity and mischief.

In his 80s, he recorded a narration on VHS as he flipped through both sketchbooks. Below, I'm experimenting with a roughly interactive experience, pairing this audio narration with his sketches.

Here are Byron L. Levy's WWII Sketchbooks - cartoons, observations and commentary - along with anecdotes and context he remembered, 60 years on.

SAMPLE PAGE  – Sketchbook One, pg.  10

 
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Sketchbook One


Sketchbook Two


More Audio Samples (Sketchbook One)

pg. 15

 
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pg. 2

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pg. 13

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pg. 15

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There is audio for every page of both sketchbooks, so quite a bit more where this came from!

Thanks for checking this out!

--Colin