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Born in Cokeville, Wyoming, Norman Jacobsen (1885-1944) moved to Greenwich Village as a young man and began a career as an artist and illustrator. Jacobsen was a cartoonist for The Masses, and had a cartoon published in the New York Tribune which satirized the fastidious rehearsal habits of Eugene O'Neill at the Provincetown Playhouse. Jacobsen designed the sets for the Provincetown Players' production of Mary Carolyn Davies's The Slave with Two Faces, which opened on 25 January 1918. During his time in New York Jacobsen also co-authored a number of novels with the writer Nina Wilcox Putnam and illustrated Pierre Loving's book Letters from Beatrice (to a private in the Medical Department). In 1920, Jacobsen left New York and spent the next 19 years traveling in Europe, Asia, and Africa, before settling permanently in Salt Lake City, Utah. During his time abroad he exhibited his paintings in galleries in New York and Chicago.