While he is best remembered as a wonderful "pin-up" artist, McClelland Barclay had become an artist before he was 21, and had been published in The Saturday Evening Post and other leading magazines. In 1917, he created a World War I poster called "Fill the Breach", which was awarded a prize. After that war, he became more and more in demand as an illustrator, and in 1930, he created the "Fisher Body Girl", which was used extensively by General Motors, and became an American icon (the model was his wife, who was just 19 at the time). In the 1930s, he created some iconic movie posters, including "Hotel For Women". In 1938, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and began to work on camoflauge designs for airplanes, and soon after Pearl Harbor, he created several World War II recruiting posters. Sadly, he was working for the Navy on creating camoflauge in 1942 when the boat he was on was torpedoed, and he was killed, and he was just 51.
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