Norman Rockwell : Home for the Holidays : Saturday Evening Post Covers : Blog #24

Williw Gillis: New Year’s Eve

Willie Gillis: New Year's Eve by Norman Rockwell

This painting by Norman Rockwell, appeared on the January 1st, 1944 edition of the Saturday Evening Post. This was his first cover of 1944, he had a total of nine covers that year.

This cover was also the 9th cover in the Willie Gillis series.

Norman’s classic “New Year’s Eve” shows Willie’s faithful girlfriend sound asleep on New Year’s Eve. She is portrayed by Rockwell as the All-American girl many servicemen wish they had waiting for them at home. On her bed is a note that appears to be from her sweetheart, the envelope is on the floor, showing Willie’s name and return address APO.

Willie’s girlfriend was modeled by Mead Schaeffer’s daughter Patty.


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