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Jesse Sylvester (Vet) Anderson

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Bear Lake, Manistee County, Michigan, USA


Jesse Sylvester (Vet) Anderson was an American animator, cartoonist, comic strip artist, and sculptor. He was nicknamed ‘Vet’ because he was a veteran of the Spanish American War. At the beginning of the 20th century, Anderson worked as a cartoonist and comic strip artist for Puck, Judge, Life, the Detroit Free Press, and the New York Herald Tribune.

In the mid 1910s, Anderson became interested in the animation industry. His first position was at Bray Studios where he worked as an animator on The Police Dog Turns Nurse (1916), The Police Dog in the Park (1916), Liberty Bonds (1917) and The Pinkerton Pup’s Portrait (1918). In 1917, Anderson joined Barré-Bowers Studio where he, together with  Dick Huemer, animated the Mutt and Jeff series.

In the 1920s, Anderson worked for Aesop’s Fables Studio on its series. At the beginning of the 1930s, Anderson joined the animation team at Fleischer Studios. During this decade, he also animated Oswald the Rabbit cartoons for Walter Lantz Productions, and worked on Ted Eshbaugh’s The Wizard of Oz (1933).
As a sculptor, Anderson made two bas-relief sculptures, Horse and Horseshoe Pitcher, for the WPA Horseshoe Courts in San Francisco in 1937.


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