Paul Carl Stahr Jr. (1883-1953) was born in New York City. He studied art at the National Academy of Design where he graduated with honors. In 1905 he also studied at the Arts Students League. In 1913 his drawings were published in the People’s Home Journal, and this began his career as a magazine illustrator. Stahr’s work would go on to appear in several other magazines like LIFE, The Saturday Evening Post, and Collier’s regularly.
During World War I, Stahr began painting posters for organizations like the Red Cross, Liberty Loans, and National Defense. Starting in 1924 he spent 10 years creating pulp magazine covers for Argosy Magazine. He also painted a few book covers, including The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. He died at the Long Beach Hospital in January of 1953.
He created five covers for The Saturday Evening Post.