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Actor, Officer and Future President, Ronald Reagan.
The Gipper! This publicity photo of Ronald Wilson Reagan was taken by Warner Brother’s photographer Schuyler Crail in the spring may of 1939. With World War II beginning to take shape, major film studios promoted their movie stars military service heavily. Prior to his success as an actor, Ronald Reagan enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in April of 1937 and was posted as a Private with the 322nd Cavalry (Reserve) at Des Moines, Iowa.
Due to his studies prior to enlistment, Reagan was quickly promoted to Second Lieutenant in May of the same year. Reagan moved to Southern California not long after this to pursue his acting career and transferred to the 323rd Cavalry.
Reagan had starred in over 19 films when this photo was taken and his acting career was at its height. The United States had just entered World War Two and as a member of the Reserves. Reagan was called to duty in 1942 but his poor eyesight prevented him from going overseas. Ronnie went on to become governor of California, have a puppet made in his likeness for a Genesis music video (which still terrifies me to this day) and become the United States 40th President.
My full size colorization as well as the original black and white photo are below. If you are interested in any full color prints of my work, feel free to contact me using the contact form below.