David Hagerbaumer

(American, 1921-2014)

Hagerbaumer was born in Quincy, Illinois, on January 31, 1921. When he was eight years old, his father took him duck hunting on Turtle Lake, and the boy shot his first duck. Instantly, a bond formed between young Hagerbaumer and waterfowl that never diminished. After serving in World War II, he enrolled in San Diego State College while simultaneously working as staff artist and assistant ornithologist at the Carson City Museum. The year 1951 was famous for the Korean “Police Action,” and Sgt. Hagerbaumer was recalled to active duty. Lady Luck smiled on him this time, and he did his tour as an artist, creating propaganda posters and making maps. Returning to civilian life, he continued to paint and was promoted by Ralph Terrell of Crossroads of Sports. Through the Crossroads catalogs and their Manhattan gallery, Hagerbaumer’s paintings were presented to most of the sporting art collectors of the day. His career skyrocketed, and demand for his paintings increased nationwide.

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