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Happy Birthday, Norman Rockwell

Published: February 3, 2010

February 3, 1894, an artist was born. Defining the everyday mannerisms of American culture, Norman Rockwell narrated classic slice-of-life moments—illustrations destined to live forever as a reminder of our nation’s values, celebrations, and cherished traditions. We are honored to have shared with America, on more than 320 covers of The Saturday Evening Post, his everlasting, storytelling works of art.

Over the past year we posted several articles celebrating Rockwell’s work. We profiled a few of his more famous covers as well as some forgotten ones.

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  • Jacqueline Brinson

    I was born in 1930 so I grew up with Norman Rockwell. He showed America as it once was, or at least as he saw it and we wanted it to be. How nice it would be if we once again be as innocent as we were then. Children could be children,TV’s would not be in our living rooms. Kids would be outdoors playing as children should be. Not as our young are today. Boys would be looking at the Sears Wish Book. At the ladies undies. Their only source of seeing what was under the girls dresses. Not as they are today, showing all the law allows. But, that is no to be. Wishes are wishes and fishes ae fishes. And,now we can have a fish fry.
    One can remember and we can look at his covers and see it as we once did. God was good. He gave us Rockwell.
    Happy Birthday Mr. Rockwell. Are you drawing the Angels now? I am just sure you are. We miss you, I miss you. Since I have grown old now maybe I will see you soon.
    You showed America as we wanted it to be.
    Take care.
    Best Regards
    Jackie

  • LORRAINE VOSS

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR ROCKWELL AND TO ALL WHO SUPPORTS HIS VIEWS I AT FIRST THOUGHT THAT HE WAS A BLACK MAN AND THEN I REALIZED THAT HE WAS A HUMANITARIAN OH ISN’T LIFE WONDERFUL? WHAT WE CONTEND TO BELIEVE IS NOT THAT WAY AT ALL SOMETIMES, AND LIFE IS GOOD JUST TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO LOVE ALL PEOPLE AND CARE. YOU DON’T GET THAT ALOT ESPECIALLY TODAY WHEN EVERYTHING IS EMPHASIZED THROUGH MONEY, BUT MR. ROCKWELL THROUGH HIS ART GAVE US SOOOO!! MUCH MORE THAN MONEY. HE GAVE US LOVE!! FOR ALL!!!! LIFE IS REALLY GOOD WITH PEOPLE LIKE THIS AND ARE BEING BORN EVERYDAY YEAH!! gREAT!! TO KNOW HE WAS HERE.

  • Frank James Davis

    Rockwell combined an illustrator’s art with a unique brand of “realistic cartoonism” to accurately capture and reveal the American spirit.
    Yes, Happy Birthday, Norman Rockwell! You were a genuine “Mr. America.”