Born: February 3, 1894, Manhattan, New York City, NY
Died: November 8, 1978, Stockbridge, MA

We all have memories of the iconic images Norman Rockwell created for the Saturday Evening Post.  His first cover was published May 20, 1916-Boy With Baby Carriage and was an instant success.

Boy With Baby Carriage-May 20, 1916 First Saturday Evening Post cover Norman Rockwell

Boy With Baby Carriage-May 20, 1916
First Saturday Evening Post cover
Norman Rockwell

I thought it might be fun to share the 3 covers Rockwell did of his favorite female model, a young girl named Mary. She is the little girl in the polka dot house coat.  Her father was a business associate of Rockwell and he asked if she would be interested in posing for one of his paintings. Not really even knowing what that meant, Mary eagerly agreed, because she was fond of the kind and considerate man who was a friend of her father.

Ad-1951

Ad-1951

Her next opportunity was extremely fun for her, and she managed to provide the artist with the perfect grin of victory in an age that nice girls didn’t fight-it was unladylike : )

Outside the Principal’s Office  May 23, 1953

Outside the Principal’s Office
May 23, 1953

And with the genius Rockwell was known for, he captured Mary’s pensive moment in the mirror as she discarded her teddy bear and studied a fashion model’s face.  Perfection.

Girl at the Mirror March 6, 1954

Girl at the Mirror
March 6, 1954

Would love to know what your favorite Rockwell painting is-so many capture our imagination and take us to a comforting place-a happy place.  Recently, iSissy3 shared the series Four Freedoms and reminded us why we love Norman Rockwell.  So, Happy Birthday, Norman.  Thank you for sharing your gifts of humanity and artistry so beautifully.