One day in 1941, 17 year-old Gloria Stoll threw away all of her student artwork. Her building’s janitor rescued her portfolio and showed it to one of her neighbors, a pulp artist named Rafael DeSoto. With DeSoto’s help, Stoll pursued a successful career as a commercial artist. From 1941 to 1948, she sold cover art to magazines like All-Story Love, Dime Mystery, and New Love. She retired from commercial art when she got married in 1948 but she continued to paint. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of Yale University and the Carnegie Museum of Art.