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Victor Gaskets Pin-up Girl by Bill Medcalf
Victor Gaskets Pin-up Girl by Bill Medcalf

Victor Gaskets Pin-up Girl

Victor Gaskets Pin-up Girl by American Painter Bill Medcalf (1920 – 2005); pin-up girl illustrator as well as a portrait and landscape painter who’s career spanned the late 1940s to the late 1960s.

Victor Gaskets Pin-up Girl is a portrait of a beautiful black haired young lady in a very short yellow dress with a light blue color that has the name Victor on her left lapel and yellow open toe and heel shoes.

The name Victor relates to the company Victor Gaskets and Oil Seals. She is sitting on a padded green bench with an inventory pad on her lap and a blue pen in her right hand as she records the number of different gaskets that are on the selves,

The index and second finger of her left hand is placed on an envelope that contains a gasket on the first shelf; with more gaskets of various sizes on the second shelf and engine gaskets on the floor, beneath the second shelf.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

Information below derived from Fineart.ha.com and Thepinupfiles.com

Though Bill did not have much formal training, he had a keen eye and a great since of style and form that would eventually make him one of the top pinup model artist of his generation.

Born in Minneapolis Minnesota in 1920, Bill received his artistic training from the educational institutions in the area near to where he lived.

At the age of 20 he was able to land a job with the United States Treasury Bureau of Engraving, where he remained until 1942, when he decided to enter the U.S. Navy; becoming a gunners mate.

After his military service Bill joined the staff of Brown & Bigelow in 1946 and in 1947 produced an elegant illustration of a beautiful young lady walking her dog on an estate for Kelly-Springfield Celebrity Tires.

He would also create similar advertising illustrations for other clients that also proved to be a successful hit with the public.

In 1949 Bill created his first Pin up for Brown & Bigelow and in 1951 was named as one of the top five pin-up artist at the firm.

Medcalf remained with Brown & Bigelow until 1967 win pin up illustrative art began to decline, due to the changing culture and the distribution of adult male magazines.

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