Norman Rockwell Willie Gillis are a series of covers for the Saturday Evening Post magazine during the second World War.
A fictious name taken from his wife's, Willie Gillis narrated the story of a all-American innocent young boy going to war. The intent was to infuse a sense of duty, patriotism and optimism to a whole generation of young Americans embarking for war (similar to the 1917 illustration for Life magazine, "Polley Voos Fransay). It was a successful idea and the illustrations became very popular.
Bob Buck, a boy from where he lived in West Arlington and who was exempt from the draft, was the model for his illustrations initially.
When he also managed to be enrolled by the Navy, Rockwell used photos of him.
The fighting gillisies, or "Willie Gillis", oil on board, 1944. "Sold for 1$ mio in 2010
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