214 – Lincoln in the Defense

Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript [NORMAN ROCKWELL CHARACTER] This is one of my favorite presidents, Abraham Lincoln, before he became president, and before he grew his beard. This picture tells the story of the first big case Lincoln tried when he was a young lawyer. The man sitting behind Lincoln is wearing handcuffs. He was accused of …

209 – Day in the Life of a Little Girl

Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript [NORMAN ROCKWELL CHARACTER] This is a day in the life of a girl. The story starts up in the left corner, where she’s sleeping. [LEONARD] I had to bring my pajamas,… And I remember Norman just said to me, now, show me how you stretch before you get out of bed in …

114 – Christmas Homecoming

Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript PETER ROCKWELL: “Christmas Homecoming” appeared on the cover of the Post in 1948. As in many of my father’s compositions, we’re looking over the shoulder of the main character, a boy returning home for the holidays. We don’t see his face, only the joy reflected in the faces of all the people …

113 – Boy in Dining Car

Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript PETER ROCKWELL: This boy is traveling by train on his own, and has just eaten a meal in the dining car. We now see him trying to figure out the tip–perhaps for the very first time–as the dining car waiter looks on. I’m very familiar with “Boy in a Dining Car” since …

112 – War News

Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript PETER ROCKWELL: In this painting from 1944, a counterman and three customers have gathered in a corner of a diner. Look up in the top right corner. They’re listening to the radio. Obviously, something very important is being announced. Linda Pero: LINDA PERO: There’s a newspaper on the counter, but … there’s …

111 – Mine America’s Coal

< Back to Exhibition Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript PETER ROCKWELL: This image from 1944 is called “Mine America’s Coal.” Curator, Linda Pero: PERO: This is a World War II poster illustration. … The poster itself read, “Mine America’s Coal. We’ll Make It Hot For the Enemy.” … It’s a propaganda poster, in a sense, …. to …

109 – Girl Reading the Post

Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript PETER ROCKWELL: When readers of the Post picked up the March 1st, 1941 issue, they saw someone on the cover…already reading the magazine! Her face is hidden by the image of a glamorous cover model, whose fashionable clothing aligns perfectly with the figure beneath. But as our eyes move down, we see …

107 – The Deadline

Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript PETER ROCKWELL: In 1938, my father solved the problem of being stumped for a cover idea by painting an illustrator stumped for a cover idea. LAURIE NORTON MOFFATT: Everything in the painting suggests that this is Norman Rockwell himself, and the struggle that he had to constantly come up with ideas. …. …

205 – Checkers

Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript [NORMAN ROCKWELL CHARACTER] This picture went along with a story in a magazine. The story was about a circus clown named Pokey Joe. That’s him on the right. Every afternoon Pokey Joe played checkers with Big Fred. That’s him frowning on the other side of the board. Now Pokey Joe’s job was …

106 – Merrie Christmas

Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript PETER ROCKWELL: This rather rotund man tipped his hat to Saturday Evening Post readers for Christmas of 1929. His long curving whip, high boots and many layers of clothing give us some clues as to his profession. He’s a Victorian era coachman–the driver who had to sit outdoors in all weather. He’s …